General Dentistry

Hygiene Department

Our Hygiene Department is dedicated to the highest level of education and care so that we may help facilitate your wants and needs regarding your oral health and the appearance of your smile. Our hygiene department has a therapeutic based philosophy and employs consistent protocols for early detection of periodontal disease, which is the number one cause of premature tooth loss in adults.


Through the utilization of specialized equipment, procedures and products we are able to customize the hygiene experience to the needs of each individual. We combine the most thorough techniques for examination along with a state-of-the-art digital x-ray system and intraoral photography, which allows us to enhance the images for the most precise diagnosis. Examinations, accurate x-rays, and oral photos are essential to quality care. They are the means which enable us to explore all findings so that we can communicate them to you. Due to their subtle nature, detailed findings in a person's mouth most often go undetected by the person themselves.


Our goal is to offer you sound guidance and ideal recommendations so that you may have a solid foundation by which to make your decisions. Our approach encourages your full participation and responsibility in your own health so as to empower you regarding your decisions for your mouth and, ultimately, your body.


Our focus is on risk assessment and providing a variety of possible solutions to prevent potential problems. In essence, we are drawing the map for you: in any destination there is a beginning and an end. You have to know where you are in order to get where you are going.


Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is caused by a persistent bacterial infection. The cause of this infection can be found in general health issues, such as diabetes, smoking and malnutrition. Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can cause bone loss and, ultimately, tooth loss. Numerous studies have shown an intimate connection between cardiac conditions, diabetes, pneumonia and premature birth.


Our approach to periodontal disease is focused on education, early detection, and prevention. We want you to be aware of the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease so that you can be an active participant in whatever treatment protocol you choose.


As a part of our routine hygiene exam, we measure and analyze the condition of the gums and tissues that surround the teeth. Detailed health histories are taken and reviewed regularly so that we may assess risks and identify patterns which could lead to periodontal disease. Annual x-rays are also used as a tool in detecting early bone loss. Because we maintain a strong vigilance to any signs, indicators, or symptoms of periodontal disease, we can detect the disease in its early stages, allowing minimally invasive treatment to be administered and the disease process arrested. With proper treatment and good oral home care, the tissue will return to a state of health.


Sealants

A dental sealant, also called a pit and fissure sealant, is a tooth colored resin material that is placed on the tiny pits and grooves of the teeth to prevent cavities. Sealants provide a physical barrier to keep the cavity causing bacteria from invading the pits and fissures of the teeth. They are virtually 100% effective in preventing decay on the treated surfaces.


The potential of developing decay in the pits and fissures begins early in life making children and teenagers obvious candidates for sealants. However, adults who are at high risk for decay can greatly benefit from sealants as well.


The placement of sealants can be completed quickly and easily. The process involves painting the resin material onto the pits and fissures of the tooth. The resin in then hardened by shining a blue light on the material for just a few seconds.


Sealants are proven and effective defense against decay in the pits and fissures of the teeth. However, they do not replace the importance of daily brushing, flossing, and fluoride exposure which protect the smooth tooth surfaces.


"I am so pleased with all work and caring manner. I used to dread going to the dentist but now it is a very enjoyable experience."
- Diane M.

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