General Dentistry

Waterford Preventive Dentistry

Our General Dentists Are The Best! When you are seen by one of our general dentists you can always feel comfortable knowing that you are seeing an experienced dentist. In fact all of our dentists have many years of clinical experience and maintain that experience by taking over 20 hours of continued education every year.

We perform all procedures from fillings and root canals to teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry. And most importantly, we will always go out of way to ensure your absolute comfort. Emergencies can be seen the same day, however our goal is to help you avoid emergencies in the future. Preventing a problem from happening is always the best approach.

Gum Care

After age 30 more people get gum disease than any other dental problem. In fact, greater than 70% of the population have some form of gum disease. In addition, after age 30, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Current research has found a direct connection between gum disease and heart disease.

The good news is that when caught early, gum disease is easily treated. This is why we emphasize a preventive approach by seeing our hygienists at least every 6 months. Fortunately, because of new advances in treating gum disease, even the most advanced cases can be brought under control. Keeping your teeth for a lifetime is definitely realty. All treatment can be done under the most relaxed and gentle conditions.

Early gum disease is reversible, so it’s important to see our hygienists on a regular schedule. The bacteria that cause gum disease are always present in your mouth. Come and let us show you how to prevent gum disease in your mouth.

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Our primary goal is simple: to prevent your need for extensive restorative or cosmetic dental procedures. Through regular maintenance, our family dentists can help you prevent poor oral health due to decay and disease β€š problems that can negatively affect your overall health and well-being.

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Maintaining good oral hygiene remains one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth and gums help you to not only look and feel good, but they allow you to eat and speak properly. Our caring and professional staff stresses daily preventive care β€š such as proper brushing and flossing β€š to prevent more serious problems from developing. Between regular visits to our full-service dental office, there are simple steps you can take to greatly decrease your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental or medical problems.

  • Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss daily
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals
  • Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
  • Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentist advises you to
  • Make sure that children under 12 drink fluoridated water
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and exams
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months

Professional Cleanings

The best way to prevent excessive plaque buildup is to schedule a professional cleaning with a dentist or dental hygienist every six months. Plaque that is left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A routine dental cleaning lasts about one hour and will usually include scaling and polishing. If you have not scheduled your next professional cleaning, contact us today.

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Gum Disease Treatments (Periodontal)

The gums, ligaments and bone around the teeth form the foundation for your teeth. These structures as a whole are also called the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house.

Some signs of an unhealthy periodontium include gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these may be a sign of a problem. With proper gum treatments, however, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. If gum disease is not treated at the first sign of a problem and becomes too severe, it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction.

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Comprehensive Examinations

In order to maintain a healthy smile, it is important that our dentists perform comprehensive examinations of your overall oral health. Using advanced dental technology, such as digital x-rays, we can effectively monitor the condition of your teeth and identify early signs of decay.

Comprehensive exams allow our professional staff to assess the condition of your gums and their position along your teeth. Early detection of periodontal disease can save your smile. Our knowledgeable staff will work with you to develop an examination schedule that matches your oral health requirements.

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Material Fillings

Dental fillings restore teeth damaged by decay back to their normal shape and function, and are a vital aspect of your overall oral health.

If you have a tooth that requires a filling, our knowledgeable dentists will remove the decayed material, clean the affected area and then fill the cavity with a filling material. This filling will help to prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter and cause harm to the tooth.

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Oral Cancer Screenings

In America, oral cancer kills more people each year than skin and cervical cancer combined. At our dental practice, we perform oral cancer screenings utilizing visual inspection and manual palpation. In addition, we have the latest technology in oral cancer detection.

Our oral cancer screening system helps your dentists visualize abnormalities in the mucosal tissues of your lips, mouth and upper throat. An oral cancer screening examination will allow your dentist to more accurately assess your overall oral health.

To ensure that your mouth is as healthy as possible, request an oral cancer exam during your next visit to the dentist or contact us for more information.

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Sealants

Sealants are used as a preventive measure to help fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In many individuals, the tooth’s structure may contain several fine grooves or pits, which can accumulate plaque.

This is usually not caused by brushing improperly or infrequently, but simply because these fine grooves or pits may be too narrow to allow even one bristle inside for cleaning. Unfortunately, if not taken care of properly, these tiny grooves will develop into cavities over time. To prevent this, our professional dentists may brush a coating onto the tooth or teeth to seal the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy and free from decay.

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To learn more about our preventive dentists or to request an appointment, please contact us here or call our office directly at 248.681.8100.