Preventive care services are the most important services we provide. Preventive care begins with a complete series of x-rays and a comprehensive exam, including a complete periodontal evaluation and oral cancer screening. The periodontal evaluation will determine what type of cleaning is needed based on the health of your gums. Healthy gums are the foundation of achieving optimal oral health. You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice per year.
Medical history review: Knowing the status of any current medical conditions, new medications, and illnesses, gives us insight to your over all health and also your dental health.
Examination of diagnostic X-rays: Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
Oral cancer screening:Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
Gum disease evaluation: check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for sometime and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Removal of plaque: Plaque is sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. it is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and salvia. the bacteria produce toxins, (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
Teeth polishing: Removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
Red and puffy gums: Gums should never be red or swollen.
Bleeding gums: Gums should never bleed, even when you brush or use dental floss.
Persistent bad breath: Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
New spacing between teeth: Caused by bone loss.
Loose tooth: Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
Pus around the teeth and gums: Sign that there is an infection present.
Receding gums: Loss of gum around a tooth.
Tenderness or discomfort: Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.
Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
We are aware that some patients have anxiety when they come to the dentist. We work quickly and efficiently using the latest technology to help ease any anxiety you may have. We want your visit to our office to be as pain free and as comfortable as possible. If you have any specific cares or concerns, please tell us. We take your concerns into our considerations.
Oral hygiene recommendations: We review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed (electric dental toothbrushes, special cleaning aids, fluorides, rinses, etc.).
Review dietary habits: Your eating habits play a very important role in your dental health.
We accept most traditional insurances and we are happy to file your claims for you. We also accept cash, check, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. If you have any questions regarding your insurance and what services it covers, please call our office.
CareCredit, a GE Money Company, gives you convenient payment options to help you pay for treatments and procedures your insurance doesn't cover. You don't have to worry about saving up for the procedures you want and need. With CareCredit, the decision is in your hands to get what you want, when you want it. We provided a link to an application below.
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