Preventative & General
egular visits to the dentist are the foundation for a healthy smile. A thorough professional cleaning can remove stains, plaque, and calculus, which may be too difficult (if not impossible!) for you to remove with just your toothbrush. Regular visits also give us a chance to monitor your oral health, note any changes, and improve your home care to prevent cavities.
A dental examination includes many things--and not just teeth! We perform a thorough medical history to better understand you and your treatment decisions. We will examine the head and neck area and the soft tissues of the mouth, and tongue, looking for any irregularities. Finally, we will examine the teeth to look for any cavities and create a treatment plan to address all dental and patient concerns.
Treatment Planning involves taking your medical history, dental findings, and personal dental needs, forming a step-by-step plan for addressing all your concerns. While unforeseen complications may change the plan, we’ll give you an overview of the cost and number of appointments it will take to satisfy your needs.
X-rays allow us to look between and inside teeth to find cavities and problems with the nerves. We make every effort to take x-rays only when necessary, keeping patient exposure and cost to a minimum.
Many things can discolor your teeth, such as coffee, smoking, and soft drinks. Whitening may be able to help lighten this staining and help reclaim your youthful smile.
Dental cleanings remove tough, stuck-on plaque and tartar (also known as calculus) from teeth. Tartar can harbor bacteria and is impossible to remove with brushing and flossing. Our cleanings will remove the tartar from your teeth and polish them to a smooth surface. Regular cleanings are the cornerstone of good dental health and help prevent future problems.
While a general dentist can perform all phases of dental care, occasionally a referral to a specialist is necessary. Dental specialists receive additional training in a variety of fields, and have honed their expertise on a specific dental skill. Examples include Endodontists (root canals), Periodontists (gums and bone), Oral Surgeons (extractions, head and neck issues), and Orthodontists (tooth movement).