Preventative Care Services
Dental Exams & Check-Ups
At a typical dental exam, our team will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any surface stains or deposits, called tartar or calculus, that are more difficult to remove than plaque and require the assistance of professional dental instruments. We will also check for signs of decay or gum disease. An X-ray may be performed to provide a more detailed summary of your oral health and to more closely identify any problems. We will ask you questions about your current methods of dental care, such as how often you brush your teeth, and floss, as well as whether you use a toothpaste with fluoride. With this information in mind, we will demonstrate proper dental care and provide suggestions on how to improve your habits to promote optimal oral health.
Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. Dental sealants effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids. They protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach. Easy to apply, dental sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed. Children and adults can benefit from dental sealants in the fight against tooth decay.
Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.
Deep Teeth Cleaning
The initial stage of treatment for periodontal disease is usually a thorough cleaning that may include scaling or root planing. The objective of these non-surgical procedures is to remove etiologic agents such as dental plaque and tartar, or calculus, which cause gingival inflammation and disease. Scaling and root planing can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or a preventative measure. They are commonly performed on cases of gingivitis and moderate to severe periodontal disease.
Digital scanning replaces the traditional dental impressions or molds. No more “goopy” mess. The scanner creates a digital record of your teeth and gums. It has a time lapse feature that allows us to track change such as tooth wear, gum recession, and shifting of teeth. The scanner also features high resolution pictures and has a cavity detection feature.
Laser Bacterial Reduction
Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR) is a procedure that attacks periodontal inflammation at the microscopic level with dental soft tissue lasers. The laser’s focused light targets bacterial colonies that are otherwise out of reach. As it destroys the bacteria, the laser simultaneously promotes a healing environment. As we apply the laser, the bacterial count around a tooth will drop from the billions to the hundreds within seconds. This process is painless and typically takes 5-10 minutes. Over the next several weeks, the area will heal, and the surrounding gum tissue will have the opportunity to reattach while the pockets shrink.