Preventative Dental Care

Exams

Comprehensive, Periodic and Emergency

We recommend a Comprehensive Exam on your initial visit or if it’s been awhile since we last saw you.

A Periodic Exam is recommended twice a year in conjunction with a prophylaxis.

An Emergency Exam is on as needed basis. If you’re having a problem will evaluate the problem.

Radiographs (X-rays)

Digital X-rays provide advanced imaging and are designed to save time and promote less radiation.

A Full Mouth Series of x-rays are taken on a new patient and are updated every 3-5 years. Four bitewing x-rays are taken 1 time per year to detect decay. Periapical x-rays are taken to evaluate any problems that may arise.

Intra-Oral Camera

An Intra-Oral Camera is used to take a picture of a tooth in extreme detail for closer examination. This is used on an as needed basis.

Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

Prophylaxis and scaling removes plaque and tartar buildup above and below the tooth surface. Polishing the surfaces of your teeth to remove stain and smooth irregularities is done when the scaling is complete.
Prophylaxis and scaling should be done every 3, 4, or 6 months. Our staff will discuss with you which option best suits your needs.

Periodontics

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the soft and hard structures that support the teeth. The gums become swollen and red due to inflammation, which is the body’s natural response to the presence of harmful bacteria. Periodontal patients require special care. We can manage some periodontal treatment in our office. Some patients require a Periodontist.

Fluoride

Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay and in preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface.

Sealants

Dental sealants are composite resins that are bonded into the deep grooves on your permanent molars. When a tooth is sealed, the grooves become smooth and are less likely to decay.

Athletic Mouth Guards

A device worn over your teeth that protects them from blows to the face and head. Mouth guards are an important piece of athletic equipment for anyone participating in a sport that involves falls, body contact or flying equipment. Any activity that might result in an injury to the mouth.

Occlusal Splints (Night Guard)

An Occlusal Splint is a specially designed mouth guard for people who clench or grind their teeth, have a TMJ condition, or have completed a full mouth reconstruction. This is generally worn at night, during the hours of sleep.