You should see your dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and cleaning, and more often if you have any dental problems or concerns.
Call us immediately if you have a dental emergency, such as a broken tooth or severe toothache. We may be able to see you on the same day, or we can give you advice on how to manage the situation until you can get to the office.
During a dental check-up, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums for signs of decay, gum disease, or other issues. We may also take x-rays, clean your teeth, and provide advice on oral hygiene and preventive care.
Professional teeth cleaning, or prophylaxis, removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums, which can help prevent cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems. It can also give you fresher breath and a brighter smile.
If you have sensitive teeth, you should see your dentist to rule out any underlying dental problems. We may recommend desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride treatments, or other options to help reduce sensitivity.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jawbone and used to support a replacement tooth or bridge. They can be a good option if you have one or more missing teeth, but your dentist will need to evaluate your oral health to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums and bones that support your teeth. It can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene, eating a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco, and seeing your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
The signs of oral cancer include persistent mouth sores, swelling, or lumps. You may also experience difficulty chewing or swallowing and persistent hoarseness or sore throat. To reduce your risk of oral cancer, you should avoid tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption, eat a healthy diet, and see your dentist regularly for check-ups.
Not only is it safe to see your dentist while you’re pregnant, but it’s also important for your oral health and your baby’s health. Always let our dental team know that you are pregnant so we can take any necessary precautions and avoid specific procedures during certain stages of pregnancy.
If you fear the dentist, it’s important to communicate this with us so we can help you feel more comfortable. This may include using sedation, taking breaks during procedures, or providing distraction techniques.
A filling is used to repair a small to medium-sized cavity while a crown is a cap that covers the entire tooth to restore its shape, strength, and function. Our dentists will recommend the best option for you based on the size and location of the cavity.
You can help keep your child’s teeth healthy by establishing good oral hygiene habits early on, including brushing and flossing daily, limiting sugary and acidic foods and drinks, and taking them to the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist may also recommend fluoride treatments or dental sealants to help protect your teeth.