Preventive dentistry will involve taking action to prevent a condition from developing or worsening and this is usually done by removing plaque from your teeth. At home your daily care should include regular brushing and flossing, which prevents plaque from hardening into tartar on your teeth. On top of that, we advise that you have your teeth professionally cleaned at regular intervals. It is our collective goal of Dentique Dental to provide the best care for your long term dental health.
Your professional preventative dental services focus on a recommended schedule of appointments and home care. Our highly experienced and trained hygienist custom designs a dental regimen with the goal in mind of preventing advanced gum disease while preserving a healthy smile for years to come. If you have gingivitis it will be treated - without preventative care this condition will progress to periodontal disease.
The secret to a bright, healthy smile is actually no secret at all: brush, floss and get a professional dental exam at least once every six months. Professional dental exams are all about prevention – preventing existing problems from getting worse and preventing dental problems from developing in the future. Regular dental exams make it possible to identify and treat a problem in its earliest stage – which is not only good for your oral health but also good for your budget!
There's nothing to fear with a dental exam. Your teeth will be visually examined for signs of plaque, tartar and tooth decay. Your gums will also be examined for puffiness or discoloration, which are signs of gum disease. A full set of dental X-rays may also be taken during your dental exam, to enable your dentist to see below the surfaces of your teeth. Dental exams typically end with a dental cleaning, to remove surface stains and buildup.
Dental X-rays have come a long way. Todays dental X-rays are safer, faster, more comfortable and more informative than the X-rays of years past. Digital X-rays, one of the latest and most advanced dental technologies, produce high-quality images of your teeth that can be viewed instantly by you and your dentist on a LCD monitor. Digital X-rays reduce radiation by up to 90% and provide exceptional diagnostic information to ensure that potential problems are caught in their earliest stages. Intraoral photography is another alternative to traditional dental X-rays. With intraoral photography, problems such as cavities, fractures and discolorations in the teeth are captured through clear and sharp photographic images that are taken with a 35mm or digital camera.
No matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar deposits can still build up on your teeth. A professional teeth cleaning is the single most effective way to remove these deposits and prevent them from causing more serious problems in the future. While a traditional teeth cleaning involves manually scraping away these deposits with special dental tools, advances in dental technologies now give you more options for teeth cleanings.
A laser teeth cleaning, also known as an ultrasonic cleaning, is a popular alternative to traditional teeth cleanings. With a laser teeth cleaning, an ultrasonic scaler (rather than a manual probe) is used to remove deposits, kill harmful microbes and eliminate bacteria around the teeth and gums through high-frequency sound waves. Many patients find laser teeth cleanings more comfortable than traditional teeth cleanings because they are quicker, quieter and pain-free.
A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line. Deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, involve a two-part process: first, the stubborn deposits are removed, and then the root surfaces are smoothened. A deep cleaning helps prevent periodontal disease and restores gum tissues to a healthy state.
If your silver fillings make you feel self conscious when you smile, or it's simply time to replace them, consider white fillings. White fillings are just as durable as they are attractive! Made of composite resin, white fillings match the natural color of your teeth and are an excellent option for small to mid-sized cavities. White fillings are strong, stain-resistant and require less removal of your tooth structure than amalgam fillings.
Periodontal Gum Disease
What is periodontal (gum) disease? It all starts as an infection of the gums, also known as gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis evolves into a serious bacterial infection that damages and destroys the gum tissue and bones supporting the teeth. If periodontal disease has developed, Dentique Dental will provide scaling and root planning, which are non surgical treatments. Key risk factors for periodontal disease include age, smoking, poor dental care, diabetes, genetics, certain medications, HPV virus, poor nutrition, or clenching and grinding of teeth.
Our services to treat periodontal (gum) disease will address the condition itself while investigating the underlying causes. Dentique Dental will customize your treatment for gum disease. The American Dental Association reports that up to 80% of American adults over the age of 35 have some form of chronic gum disease. If periodontal disease is not managed and controlled, it can progressively get worse over time. If gum disease has progressed to a certain point (packets are more than 6mm), the patient will be referred to a periodontal specialist.
Keep in mind, periodontal disease is often painless and symptom-free, so you may not even know you suffer from it! Warning signs might include bleeding gums; persistent bad breath; red, swollen, or tender gums; pus between the teeth and gums; or gums pulling away from teeth. Another thing to take into consideration is that research shows that people with periodontal disease are also at greater risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, respiratory diseases, as well as pre-term or low birth weight babies for pregnant women.
Oral Cancer Screening
Did you know that oral cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related death in Americans? That is one of the reasons we do thorough visual extra-oral and intra-oral cancer exams and we use the latest version of the first FDA-cleared device called the VELscopeVx for oral cancer screening. Please remember that early detection of pre-cancerous tissues may minimize or eliminate the potentially disfiguring effects of oral cancer and possibly even save your life! Dentique Dental believes an informed patient will make the best decisions regarding health so we encourage you to ask any questions you may have.