Preventative Dental Care

PREVENTING & PROTECTING

When you’re experiencing any pain, discomfort, or a noticeable lapse in oral health, it’s important to schedule an appointment with us right away so that we can treat the symptoms and the route of the problem. This will prevent the problem from worsening and protect you from more painful, costly procedures and treatments in the future.

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TOOTH
EXTRACTIONS

An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are necessary if:

  • A primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth.
  • The tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired.
  • The patient has gum disease.
  • The tooth is impacted – this is usually the case with third molars, or “wisdom teeth,” as they erupt years after the other teeth and have insufficient room in the jaw.

Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically. A mild anesthesia is used to ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.

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SEALANTS

The grooves that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) are extremely difficult to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria react with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Tooth sealants can protect these areas by sealing the grooves, preventing bacteria and food particles from accumulating. The sealants are made of a resin material that is applied to the back teeth, molars, premolars and any area prone to cavities. Sealants last for several years but needs to be checked during regular appointments.

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fluoride treatment

Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth become stronger and resistant to decay. Regularly drinking fluoridated water and daily brushing and flossing ensures significantly fewer cavities. Many, if not most, public water sources contain fluoridated water. Your dentist can evaluate the level of fluoride in your primary drinking water source and recommend fluoride supplements if necessary. There are also many kinds of toothpastes, mouthwashes and even some dental flosses that contain fluoride.

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