During your comprehensive exam, we take plenty of time to listen to your needs and discuss your oral health. We start by checking your blood pressure and pulse and reviewing your entire health history. Next we check the outside of your mouth, looking for signs of TMJ disorder or other jaw problems, and also checking your soft tissue. We then move on to examine your teeth for cavities or other damage, gums for any signs of periodontal disease, and the entire mouth for the first signs of oral cancer. All of these exams and screenings are designed to ensure even the smallest problems are detected early for reduced impact on systemic health.
We’ll provide special care and comfort for our younger patients, taking into account their age, developmental stage, personality and previous dental experience. We will explain every procedure to them every step of the way using age-appropriate words, terms, and pictures.
Oral cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. The good news is that when it is caught early, it is one of the easiest to treat. Dr. Simon conducts a manual and visual screening. She checks for any unusual spots, discoloration, sores, or swelling. If we do discover any signs of cancer, we will send you to one of our trusted specialists right away.
X-rays are some of our most important diagnostic tools, allowing us to see below the surface of your teeth and facial structure to detect problems that aren’t externally visible. We use digital x-rays for more accurate imaging with lowered radiation. We are also able to save and view the images on our computers for easy access and comparison visit to visit. We also use panoramic x-rays to assess and evaluate tooth and jaw development in our younger patients, but also use them for other reasons such as planning for dental implants or partials and dentures.
Keeping your teeth clean and your gums free of bacteria is one of the most important aspects of maintaining oral health. Of course your home hygiene habits are crucial, but did you know that keeping up with regular professional dental cleanings is just as important? We use advanced technology and a gentle touch to polish your teeth and clear away plaque and tartar around your gums. This helps prevent gum, or periodontal, disease. Because gum disease has been linked to all kinds of health problems from heart disease to pregnancy complications, we think this is pretty important. Our Cavitron scaler provides the deepest, most thorough cleaning available.
In spite of their best efforts, some people are more prone to periodontal disease than others. With proven, effective treatments, we can help control periodontal disease to get back on the path to total health.
Gum disease is best treated when caught early. If left untreated, it can lead to inflamed oral tissue, along with bone and tooth deterioration. Unfortunately, the majority of gum disease cases are currently undiagnosed. If your gums bleed when you floss; your gums are red, swollen, seem to be receding; or it has been a while since your last cleaning, please give us a call.
When we eat, drink, experience stress, or clench our teeth, our tooth enamel becomes damaged, leaving our teeth susceptible to decay. That’s why we recommend fluoride: It strengthens, protects, and can even prevent cavity growth. Fluoride treatments are especially important for kids – in fact, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that tooth decay is the most chronic disease among children aged 5 to 17. Children under 18 should have a fluoride treatment every six months to keep their smiles safe and strong. Adults can also receive many benefits from fluoride, such as helping with adult tooth-sensitivity and preventing cavities at the gumline. Ask us how fluoride treatments can help you.
You take good care of your smile through regular brushing and flossing, regular cleanings, and top-quality restorations. We offer a range of mouthguards, from sports mouthguards to nightguards to help keep your teeth harm-free.
You love watching your kids participate in all kinds of healthy physical activity, but dread the idea of a damaged smile. Our sports mouthguards are perfect for protecting teeth from injury because they are custom made to work just right! Unlike boil-and-bite mouthguards, ours fit comfortably and offer the ultimate in protection.
Whether you have had cosmetic or restorative work completed, or just want to keep your teeth in the strongest natural condition, ask us about our custom-made nightguards. They comfortably stop the damaging effects of grinding and clenching, otherwise known as bruxism. Many people never even know that they are clenching and grinding until their teeth begin to crack or a restoration breaks.
Emergencies happen and when they do, we are here to help. We will fit you in as soon as possible to evaluate your situation and determine what options you have to getting you back to normal in no time. We know that dental emergencies are especially hard on patients of all ages, so we make sure to treat you with a compassionate and gentle touch.