PreventATive Dental Care
Preventive dentistry is the area of dentistry concerned with preventing dental problems before they become costly, painful or both. A large part of preventive dentistry is patient education. This includes learning the proper at-home dental care, nutrition, etc. Another aspect of preventive dentistry is oral hygiene through regular dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, nightguards & more.
PROFESSIONAL CLEANING WITH DIAGNOSTIC EXAMINATION
Protecting your oral health and well being is important to us. During your full comprehensive oral exam, the doctor will check for cavities, gum disease, and assess other oral health problems. You will also receive a gentle and professional cleaning by one our amazing and experienced hygienists.
ORAL CANCER SCREENING
Early detection is key in the battle against cancer & this is no different with oral cancer. Even if you don’t smoke, keep in mind that 25% of oral cancer diagnoses are for non-smokers. It is important that every patient receive a simple & pain-free oral cancer screening. Remember that when caught early, oral cancer has an 80 to 90% survival rate.
Most cases of teeth grinding and clenching can easily be treated by wearing a night guard while you sleep. Night guards are also known as dental guards, mouth guards, nocturnal bite plates, or bite splints. They work by putting a barrier between your teeth. When you clench your jaw, the night guard helps to lighten the tension and give cushion to the muscles in the jaw. This cushioning not only helps to prevent face and jaw pain, but also protects the enamel of your teeth.
Sportsguards are an essential piece of sporting equipment for preventing mouth injury during sports & other physical activity. They act as a cushion, protecting your teeth, tongue, gums, lips & cheeks from impacts to the face.
Though sportsguards can be purchased over the counter, the most effective, best-fitting & comfortable sportsguards are custom-fitted by a dentist. They have been proven to be much better at preventing concussions and/or traumatic brain injury from an impact.
Sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay on the biting surfaces of chewing teeth. A sealant is a simple procedure in which the doctor places a clear or tooth-colored acrylic “coating” onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves where decay is most likely to begin. This technique is usually done on permanent molars as soon as they have come in enough to be sealed.
SILVER DIAMINE FLUORIDE (SDF)
SDF is a very safe application used to stop tooth decay quickly, without pain and injections for both children and adults. It is also used to reduce tooth sensitivity.
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Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a great tool for patients who may be uneasy about their dental procedures. The advantages of laughing gas is that your dentist can constantly adjust your level of sedation during the procedure & once it is shut off, the effects stop almost immediately. A few minutes after the procedure is complete, you’ll be back to normal. We have switched to the new Porter Silhouette Nasal masks for improved infection control and safety.