General & Family Dentist in Norman
Dental Care You Can Trust
Finding a dentist you can trust with your family's oral health is no easy decision. You want someone who's qualified, gentle, and sensitive to your scheduling needs. As a general and family dentist, Dr. Carmen provides personalized care in a professional atmosphere for patients of all ages. Whether you need teeth cleanings or TMJ therapy, he will ensure that your experience is rewarding on many levels.
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is an organization dedicated to raising awareness about oral health and maintaining the proficiency of general dentists through quality continuing education. Dr. Carmen has taken hundreds of hours in continuing education courses and earned his Fellowship with the AGD. This prestigious designation sets him apart as a highly qualified general and family dentist.
General and family dentistry is about more than just qualifications, though. You need a dentist who will listen to your dental dilemmas with a concerned ear and take action to help you prevent dental trauma, decay, and disease. Dr. Carmen takes the time to educate children and adults alike about preventive care, and his gentle chairside manner eases tension and promotes a positive experience. You can trust us with your smile. Call today to reserve your consultation with Norman general dentist Dr. Bobby Carmen. Patients from Norman, Moore, the University of Oklahoma, Central Oklahoma, and beyond can visit us for quality dental care.
Dental Checkups & Cleanings
Every patient of Dr. Carmen will receive a personalized treatment plan to address their unique oral health care goals. However, every patient should visit us at least twice a year for dental checkups and teeth cleanings. During these regular dental checkups, we’ll gather diagnostic x-rays and images that give us a complete understanding of current smile health. Then, we’ll complete thorough tooth by tooth examinations, and periodontal charting where we measure the depth of pockets between teeth and gums. We’ll be screening for signs of common oral health issues like tooth decay, gum disease, teeth grinding and clenching, and oral cancer. One of our skilled hygienists will carefully clean bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the most difficult to access areas of the smile. We can also answer any questions you have about your oral hygiene routine and make product recommendations. Finally, you’ll sit down one on one with Dr. Carmen to discuss your current level of oral health and any necessary treatments, and you’ll partner with us to create a plan that fits your schedule and budget.
Mouthguards & Sportsguards
Patients of all ages who participate in athletic events where their smiles may be damaged by other players, hard objects, or sports equipment should always wear sportsguards to protect their teeth and oral structures during athletic competition or practice. Many patients choose to wear over the counter sportsguards, and these provide adequate protection for most patients. However, many patients find these guards uncomfortable and fail to wear them consistently, exposing their smiles to damage. We offer custom crafted sportsguards to protect smiles more comfortably during any athletic event. Additionally, we can custom craft mouthguards for patients who grind and clench their teeth during sleep. These appliances prevent excessive wear to tooth enamel or damage to teeth.
TMJ Dysfunction Therapy
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are small tissues that connect the jaw with the skull bone. When the TMJ function properly, patients are able to speak, chew, and smile without pain or obstruction. When the TMJ are strained or damaged, patients’ jaw function can be impeded or severely painful. For these patients, we’ll partner to relieve strain from the TMJ and restore full, healthy, painless function. One of the simplest, most comfortable treatments we offer for TMJ dysfunction is an occlusal splint. These oral appliances are worn during the night to hold the jaw in its ideal resting position and prevent unconscious jaw movement that can lead to further strain.
Sleep Apnea Therapy
If you experience loud snoring, frequent nighttime waking, struggle with severe daytime exhaustion, or have difficulty concentrating, you may be suffering from a common sleep disorder – sleep apnea. This disorder occurs when sleepers to stop breathing for ten or more seconds at a time, which causes patients to wake up numerous times during sleep. This can lead to severe sleep deprivation, elevated blood pressure, and other serious health concerns. Our team offers effective treatments for patients with obstructive sleep apnea – oral appliance therapy. These oral appliances shift the jaw forward, placing pressure on the throat muscles to keep the airway clear during sleep.
Gum disease affects millions of patients in the US alone, and it is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults over the age of 35. Perhaps the most startling statistic is that periodontal disease is 100% preventable for most patients with adequate at-home and in-office oral hygiene. We offer periodontal therapy for patients who do struggle with gum disease. From more frequent teeth cleanings to advanced scaling and root planing therapies and other solutions, we offer a variety of periodontal therapies to help patients renew their optimal oral health.
Special Needs Dentistry
We are happy to help patients of all ages and stages of development in our Norman dentistry practice. Our skilled dentist and dentistry team have years of training and experience that allows us to work with patients who have special care needs. That may include cognitive or physical barriers to receiving safe and comfortable dental care. Whatever your special care needs, please let us know. We’ll be happy to help you receive the care you need without any unnecessary stress or discomfort.