During dental checkups, our dentists evaluate the health of the entire oral cavity by using diagnostics like X-rays and other instruments to take detailed looks at teeth, bone, and the gums. Soft oral tissue, the tongue, and the lips are examined as well to screen patients for oral cancer.
Like checkups, patients should receive two professional cleanings each year. Our gentle dental hygienists remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gum line, clean soft oral tissue, and polish teeth for an impeccably clean feel. Cleanings control the accumulation of harmful surface debris like tartar, which contributes to periodontal (gum) disease and tooth loss.
Preventing oral health conditions helps save precious biological tissue, time spent in the dental care, and people from the far-reaching effects of advanced disease. When it comes to protecting teeth from harmful bacteria, acid, and surface debris, there are treatment options available that help strengthens teeth and protect them from developing substantial wear or deep caries. These preventive services such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants are non-invasive and affordable methods for preventing the development of more serious issues.
Fluoride treatments are applied over the teeth in a foam or gel form. There are a variety of flavors from which patients can choose to make treatment more enjoyable. Placing dental sealants is also non-invasive. A sealant is a micro-thin, clear plastic coating applied to the biting surfaces of teeth to fill in their pits and fissures where bacteria and debris tend to collect. Both fluoride treatments and dental sealants are helpful for many patients of all ages.
Laser Dentistry for Improved Comfort and Wellness
Laser dentistry offers an array of treatment options for dentists who want to reduce the invasiveness of preparing teeth for restorations and cosmetic enhancements, increase treatment efficacy, and deliver comfortable care to our guests.
Our practice uses lasers for hard and soft tissues. The Biolase Waterlase laser has been approved by the FDA as a treatment protocol for children and adults. Utilizing hydro-kinetic technology, Biolase’s Waterlase is a precision laser that removes soft and hard tissue – many times in place of a conventional dental drill. Since a drill produces sound, heat, and intense vibrations, many people prefer the quiet, heatless experience that the Waterlase can deliver. With Biolase technology, many patients can receive treatment for a cavity and a restoration without the need for local anesthetics. Waterlase is beneficial for treating children as well because it reduces trauma to oral structures, replaces the noisy drill, and helps establish positive experiences with dental treatment.