Our team of dedicated dentists at Advanced Smile Care is honored to provide comprehensive dentistry services. We strive to help our patients enjoy vibrant oral health by focusing on early detection of disease and preventive services. From dental checkups and cleanings to placing fillings or extracting teeth, our practice is a one-stop location for all your oral health needs.
Checkups and Cleanings
Laying a foundation for good oral health starts with keeping routine appointments for checkups and cleanings. When patients visit our practice regularly, they greatly increase their likelihood of detecting oral disease as early as possible. Common oral health conditions such as gum disease, tooth decay, and even oral cancer, can be revealed in their earliest stages when patients receive bi-annual cleanings and checkups. In addition to oral examinations, professional cleanings are imperative to controlling the buildup of tartar (calcified plaque) along the gums and in between teeth. Dental cleanings are cost-effective and gentle.
Unfortunately, dental restorations are a fact of life for most people. This is because nearly 99% of folks develop at least one cavity in their lifetime. A filling is a very small restoration that stops the spread and deepening of decay. It will also protect a weakened tooth from further damage.
Receiving a filling is not invasive and patients can choose white fillings, which look very natural and inconspicuous – especially when compared to dental restorations made from metal and amalgam.
Another important aspect of general dentistry is tooth extractions. While it ideal to keep biological teeth if they can be repaired with endodontic treatment (root canal therapy) and/or restorations, teeth that are a threat to oral health and beyond repair need to be extracted. A badly damaged or diseased tooth that cannot be saved can threaten the entire oral health system if it develops an abscess. An abscess is a painful and aggressive infection that begins at the root of a tooth and its effects can be problematic for neighboring tissues. In addition to removing diseased teeth, wisdom teeth are commonly extracted because they are often problematic when retained.
Our team at Advanced Smile Care provides gentle and effective extraction services to help our patients regain comfortable oral function and improve their quality of life.
Sleep Apnea Appliances
Sleep apnea is a common condition that can affect a person’s overall health and wellbeing – especially when this condition goes undiagnosed and untreated. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) involves cycles of breathing cessation followed by light wakefulness. This causes a patient to become sleep deprived because throughout rest, a person is unable to naturally progress throughout each stage of sleep. Over time, sleep apnea will affect one’s cognitive function, mood, and possibly heart and pulmonary health.
We offer a simple, comfortable and effective treatment option for sleep apnea. Once a patient has confirmed they have sleep apnea through a sleep study, they can visit our office for a professional consultation. One method of treatment is the use of custom oral appliances. Similar to a mouth guard, a sleep apnea appliance increases the diameter of the airway by positioning the lower jaw slightly forward to help keep airways open during rest.
To schedule an appointment for a checkup and cleaning or to learn more about our services, call Advanced Smile Care today.
How often should I visit the dentist?
You should visit the dentist twice a year, every six months for checkups and cleanings. Some people underestimate the importance of routine dental care and feel that visiting the dentist is only necessary when/if they experience discomfort like toothaches or a chipped tooth. Unfortunately, this line of thinking is problematic because many oral conditions do not present noticeable symptoms to patients in their early stages. For instance, feeling discomfort from a toothache normally indicates severe decay that has reached the innermost structure of the tooth rather than just a small cavity. In addition to the early detection of disease that scheduling regular checkups offers, having professional cleanings are an important part of protecting one’s oral health. A cleaning removes substances that cannot be removed by home care practices like flossing or brushing.
Why do I have to have my teeth cleaned regularly?
Having professional teeth cleanings is one of the most cost-effective ways to prevent oral health problems – especially periodontal (gum) disease. The reason professional cleanings are necessary is because they remove substances that cannot be brushed or flossed away. As plaque is left behind – even if one brushes and flosses thoroughly – it will harden into tartar over time. Once plaque has hardened into tartar, it can only be removed safely with handheld dental instruments. Tartar buildup is one of the main contributors to gum disease.
How can I prevent cavities?
There are a few steps a patient can take to prevent cavities. First, prevention starts with healthy daily habits. Patients should brush at least twice a day, thoroughly for about two to three minutes each time. Flossing daily is also imperative for cleaning between teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach. We recommend that sugary foods and beverages be consumed in limited quantities since sugar is a food source for oral bacteria that contribute to cavities. Lastly, we strongly encourage that patients receive regularly scheduled cleanings and checkups.