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Preventive Care

Regular care can keep your dental problems small, maybe even non-existent. Basic care includes consistent check-ups and professional cleanings, combined with daily care you provide from the programs we design specifically for your needs. Following basic routine dental care, you will keep your teeth as healthy as possible for the near future, and save you time, discomfort, and money. It is a wise and sound investment.

Cleanings & Examinations


We offer routine dental examinations and teeth cleaning, which include comprehensive examinations, cancer screenings, cosmetic screenings, and examinations of jaw joints. Our X-rays utilize digital technology in place of the traditional film captures. Computed dental radiography, or CDR, which uses a plastic mouthpiece to send instant X-ray images to a computer monitor, cuts the amount of patients' radiation exposure and time in the office.

Because it eliminates the use of developing chemicals, CDR is less harmful to the environment and uses 90% less radiation than traditional X-ray films. Additionally, patients will notice that all the doctors use magnifying surgical loupes (glasses) to enhance their vision. This allows them to see decay often missed by the unaided eye. It's been shown that using magnifiying glasses allows us to perform at a higher level.

Sealants

One of the most common places that tooth decay develops is on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, called premolars and molars. When you run your tongue along the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, you can feel the depressions and grooves. These indentations, called pits and fissures are there to help grind food and are difficult to keep clean, because toothbrush bristles cannot reach the microscopic grooves to remove the plaque and bacteria. Because pits and fissures are difficult to keep clean, sealants are recommended especially in children. A dental sealant is a plastic material that is applied to the chewing surface of a back tooth. The sealants act as a barrier, protecting the enamel and preventing tooth decay.

Non-surgical Gum Therapy


Sometimes patients come to our practice after years without having their teeth professionally cleaned and monitored. Often, we find their gums infected with large amounts of bacterial build-up on the surfaces of the teeth. The first non-surgical step usually involves a special cleaning, called ''scaling and root planing' to remove plaque and tartar deposits on the tooth and root surfaces. This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and periodontal pockets to shrink. This is sometimes referred to as 'periodontal deep cleaning' and may require multiple visits.

At subsequent visits, our dentists will check the pocket depths to determine the effect of the scaling and root planning. At this point, many patients do not require any further active treatment, only preventive care. If the periodontal pockets are still deep and the supporting bone is lost, you may require special medication or you might be referred to a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in the treatment of gums and bone that support the teet.