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Oral Cavity Diseases

Dentistry Built on Relationships, Honesty, and Trust

(515) 277-6358

Family Dentistry, Implant Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Smile Makeover, Teeth Whitening, and Patient Education.

Des Moines Iowa's Solution for Diseases of the Oral Cavity

Almost every disease and disorder that affects the oral cavity (the mouth) has a genetic component.

Even the most common oral diseases - tooth decay and gum disease - have genetic influences.

Both tooth decay (dental caries) and gum disease (periodontal disease) show various clinical symptoms and seriousness among individuals who otherwise practice similar oral hygiene habits. One reason why symptoms are so variable is that people inherit different degrees of genetic susceptibility or resistance to germs (bacteria) found in the mouth. Other diseases and disorders that can directly or indirectly affect oral tissues include metabolic diseases (such as diabetes), cancers of the head and neck, and developmental defects (like cleft lip and cleft palate).

Let Iowa Dental Group show you why we're one of the most sought-after providers of dental care in the region. Contact us today by either using the provided contact form or calling us at  (515) 277-6358.

Tooth Decay
What are Oral Diseases?

Oral care doesn't just keep your teeth strong; it can have a significant effect on your general wellness, too. Nearly one in 10 people have some sign of poor dental health, and in some instances, that number increases to almost 100 percent.

The most common oral diseases are:

  • Dental Cavities
  • Gum Disease
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Injury Trauma
  • Oral Cancers

 

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, known formally as dental caries, has been a serious health problem for all nations since time immemorial. For centuries, tooth decay was thought to be the handiwork of an elusive and, in some cultures, evil tooth worm that gnawed holes into the white, highly mineralized enamel and left all those in its wake in pain. But superstition has yielded to science and its explanation that certain oral bacteria discharge mineral-eroding acid onto the enamel, starting the gradual process of decay. Over the last several decades, dental researchers have made tremendous progress in defining and learning to thwart the decay process. This work has involved the three-pronged strategy of discovery, innovation, and prevention - and produced one of the major public health success stories of the 20th century.

Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the mildest and most common form of periodontitis. It is caused by the toxins in plaque and leads to periodontal disease. People at increased risk of developing gingivitis include pregnant women, women taking birth control pills, people with uncontrolled diabetes, steroid users and individuals who control seizures and blood pressure using medication.

Periodontal Disease

Chronic periodontal disease is the most common form of the disease and occurs much more frequently in people over 45. Chronic periodontal disease is characterized by inflammation below the gum line and the progressive destruction of the gingival and bone tissue. It may appear that the teeth are gradually growing in length, but in actuality, the gums are slowly recessing.

 

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer includes cancers of the mouth and the pharynx (the back of the throat). Oral cancer accounts for roughly two percent of all cancers diagnosed annually in the United States. Approximately 35,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer each year, and about 7,600 will die from the disease. On average, 60 percent of those with the disease will survive more than five years. Oral cancer most often occurs in people over the age of 40 and affects more than twice as many men as women.

Possible Signs & Symptoms

See a dentist or physician if any of the following symptoms last for more than two weeks.

  • A sore, irritation, lump or thick patch in your mouth, lip, or throat
  • A white or red patch in your mouth
  • A feeling that something is caught in your throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Difficulty moving your jaw or tongue
  • Numbness in your tongue or other areas of your mouth
  • Swelling of your jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
  • Pain in one ear without hearing loss

TMJ Disorders

Among the most common, irritating and difficult to diagnose problems with head and neck pain are temporal mandibular joint problems, more commonly known as TMJ problems. The joint is located near the ear where the top of the mandible or lower jaw meets the upper jaw at the base of the skull.

Like all other joints in the body, the TMJ is subject to inflammation and other chronic joint problems. Many of these issues may be caused by destructive bite habits like clenching or grinding. These actions create pressure on the joint that can lead to inflammation and the general breakdown of the joint itself.

What makes TMJ problems difficult to diagnose and treat is the fact that the symptoms vary widely in both location and severity. Symptoms can range from a slight clicking in the jaw with no pain to severe head and neck pain which is not relieved by medication.

Once diagnosed correctly treatments include everything from simple placement of a nightguard, which prevents pressure on the joint to surgical intervention in more severe cases. A dental health professional is a person most able to diagnose this widely variable and widespread issue.

Malocclusion

Occlusion refers to the alignment of teeth and the way that the upper and lower teeth fit together (bite). Ideally, all upper teeth fit slightly over the lower teeth. The points of the molars fit the grooves of the opposite molar.

The upper teeth keep the cheeks and lips from being bitten, and the lower teeth protect the tongue.

Malocclusion is most often hereditary, which means the condition is passed down through families. There may be a difference between the size of the upper and lower jaws or between jaw and tooth size, resulting in overcrowding of teeth or abnormal bite patterns.

Symptoms
  • Abnormal alignment of teeth
  • Abnormal appearance of the face
  • Difficulty or discomfort when biting or chewing
  • Speech difficulties (rare) including lisp
  • Mouth breathing (breathing through the mouth without closing the lips)

Our Mission

We have always prided ourselves in offering the highest quality dentistry at a fair and reasonable fee. One that the patient is willing to pay with gratitude and we are willing to accept with gratitude. Our patients are satisfied when treatment is completed or we will continue to strive to meet our own high expectations.

Iowa Dental Group

You place a lot of trust in your dentist, and we will always be honest with you. This philosophy of educating our patients has been the hallmark of why we have been successful for over 30 years.

Our Services

Patients will be educated on the type of dentistry they need and will never feel pressured or receive any sales pitch to have treatment.

You will always know the fee before treatment is performed.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Porcelain Veneers

Teeth Whitening

Preventive & Restorative Care

Dental Implants

Dental Crowns & Bridges

Root Canal Therapy

Dentures

Children's Dentistry

Periodontal Treatment

Dental Emergencies

Family Dentistry

Night Guards

Snoring Appliances

Extractions

Be Proud of your Smile

If you are looking for a highly trained and experienced dentist in Des Moines, you have come to the right place. At our practice, you will receive the highest quality dental care. Our dental office uses the latest state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technology, and we uphold the strictest sterilization techniques. We know that many people may feel anxious about coming to the dentist, so it is our goal to make your visit with us as pain and anxiety free as possible. We view it as our mission to educate our patients about all of their oral health care options and to help guide them to choose a treatment plan that is most suitable and appropriate for their needs.

Smiles for Miles!

We have so many terrific reviews it's impossible for us to list them all! Thanks for supporting Iowa Dental Group with your gratitude.

Dr. Bob always goes the extra mile. He consistently demonstrates that his primary concern is for the patient and their well being!read more
Mary Terry
Mary Terry
14:36 27 Apr 17
Dr. Bob and Dr. Brett are great! Always willing to listen and ready to get my problems solved.
Doug Messenger
Doug Messenger
20:28 16 May 17
I scheduled a consultation with Dr. Margeas for a small cosmetic issue with a tooth from a recommendation from my current Dentist. I have heard from many people (including my own dentist) that he was the best in cosmetic dentistry any where in the mid-west. My consultation was this morning. He was totally upfront about what he thinks the best route is for me and my teeth. I felt totally comfortable with his recommendations and confident in his abilities. I've been to an other dentist about this same issue years ago and it didn't feel right. Now that I've had the consultation with Dr. Margeas, I'm excited to finally move forward with fixing it. Every staff member was very welcoming and pleasant. It was a really nice place to be with a great energy there. If I didn't like my normal dentist so much, I'd absolutely become a regular there! Maybe I'll pop in for an extra cleaning or something. I'm happy to have found Dr. Margeas and his staff to help me correct my cosmetic issue. I highly recommend this business!read more
Brittany Reed
Brittany Reed
21:45 06 Feb 17
I was a bit worried going from my family dentist of over 12 years to a new provider, but they made me feel right at home immediately. Everyone was so friendly and wonderful. Already looking forward to going back in 6 months. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone!read more
Sarah Bailey
Sarah Bailey
01:09 22 Jul 16
Had my first appointment with Dr. Margeas and his operation is absolutely first class. All of his staff were wonderful, I was in and out in a short amount of time and felt very satisfied. I'm so thankful to have been recommended to try out Iowa Dental Group and would absolutely recommend them to anyone!read more
David Kinsley
David Kinsley
14:55 12 Aug 16
Competent, professional service! If you need dental work, this is the place to be👍😊
VeeAnn Cartwright
VeeAnn Cartwright
21:43 15 Aug 17
From the moment I arrived to the moment I left I felt me and my teeth were in great hands. The whole team is so kind, and my dentist was fantastic. I originally went in wanting veneers, keep in mind I am overly critical of my smile and teeth, and it was all I knew. My dentist educated me that he did not think veneers were the best choice for me, and gave me a much better option which costed about 6 times less than what veneers would have. He is a great dentist because he won't just do what makes him the most money, he does what is best for the patient. I just got done with my appointment and I could not be more overjoyed with my results. Thank you Iowa Dental Group team!:)read more
Caitlin Verette
Caitlin Verette
16:36 25 Sep 17

IDG Location

Iowa Dental Group prides ourselves in offering the highest quality dentistry at a fair and reasonable fee.

Iowa Dental Group

1233 63rd Street
Des Moines, Ia 50311
(515) 277-6358


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We have over 100 years of combined experience in our office and look forward to answering any questions or concerns you may have regarding your overall oral health.

Iowa Dental Group proudly serves the following areas.

Office Hours
Monday:7:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday:7:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday:7:30am - 5:00pm
Thursday:7:30am - 5:00pm
Friday:Closed
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed