Preventive Dentistry

Protect Your Smile

Preventive DentistryYour smile is composed of your teeth and gums and is supported by a variety of structures, including jaw joints, muscles, ligaments, and jawbone. When you maintain a plaque-free oral environment and each part of the framework works correctly, you can expect excellent oral health. However, even small traces of plaque may lead to tooth decay or gum disease. Slight stress on a jaw joint may worsen over time, resulting in TMJ disorder. Fortunately, rather than waiting for problems to arise, you may inhibit their development altogether by visiting us once every six months for preventive visits.

Two-Part Preventive Visits

We suggest patients visit us twice a year routine dental checkups and cleanings. During your checkup you can expect a comprehensive exam, beginning with a visual check. Next, we will take X-rays for a closer look at the inner dynamics of your oral cavity. Checkups allow us to monitor you for changes that may point to an underlying concern, which is why we also include oral cancer screenings. Early detection of all problems gives us an opportunity to provide immediate treatment.

The second part of your visit is a dental cleaning. One of our skilled hygienists will carefully remove plaque, followed by a tooth polishing to ensure you leave our practice with a clean smile. Removing plaque, the leading cause of tooth decay and periodontal disease, offers exceptional protection against future problems and a need for restorative dentistry.

Protecting Your Supportive Structures

During checkups we assess the health of your jaw joints. Patients who grind or clench their teeth may suffer from bruxism, which can result in significant negative effects like worn, broken teeth. Other patients who suffer from chronic discomfort like headaches and a popping jaw may require therapy for TMJ disorder, a problem that occurs when your jaw joints function poorly. To protect you from long-term damage, while alleviating your discomfort, we offer oral appliance therapy. You may wear a mouth guard each night, which will cushion your bite or gently shift your jaws into a position that allows your jaw joints to rest.