Preventive dentistry focuses on the prevention of issues that could threaten your oral health and/or impair your bite function. As with most health issues, preventing dental health complications is preferable to waiting until they develop and having to restore the damage they cause.
Oral examinations are the cornerstone of developing any effective dental treatment plan. They can help us determine whether or not your teeth or gums are in trouble, as well as the extent of your condition, and how involved your treatment will have to be. For children, preventive dentistry also includes the prevention of common tooth infections (cavities) and the effects of developmental issues, like crooked teeth and bruxism. We can help young patients avoid more complex problems, and the need for more comprehensive restorative treatment in later years, by addressing and correcting such issues early.
Your initial visit with Dr. Correa will includes a comprehensive oral examination, diagnosis, and a careful discussion of your treatment options.
The point of routine dental exams is to make sure your mouth and teeth are healthy. The routine cleanings will remove the bacteria-rich plaque and tartar that could lead to cavities, gum disease, bad breath, infections, and potentially, tooth loss
Our friendly hygienist will thoroughly examine your gums, determine the cleaning you need, and give detailed education and tips on improving your oral hygiene practices at home, as well as recommendations for hygiene products that may benefit you most.
The general rule for most patients is to attend a regular dental exam and cleaning appointment at least once every six months. However, some patients may require more frequent visits, especially those that exhibit tooth decay or gum disease, or who are at an exceptionally high risk of developing either. After an initial consultation, Dr. Correa will recommend a schedule of exams and cleanings tailored to your needs.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that bonds to and protects the outer layer(enamel) of your children’s teeth, blocking oral bacteria (and dental plaque)that could cause tooth decay. It can be found in many toothpaste brands, and can be applied directly to your child’s teeth at our office.
Dental sealants describe bio-compatible plastic coatings that can be “painted” onto the chewing surfaces of one or more teeth. The sealants provide an impenetrable barrier against oral bacteria.
Bruxism is the clinical name for excessive, usually unconscious, teeth-grinding that occurs most often at night while a patient is asleep. If you don’t recognize and treat it in time, then bruxism can lead to severe damage to your teeth and a host of other dental health issues. In many cases, Dr. Correa can suggest a custom-designed oral appliance, or nightguard, that is worn while you sleep to prevent your teeth from grinding against each other. signs of bruxism, which include:
Nightguards protecting your teeth from chronic grinding or clenching saves your smiles and prevents problems like TMJ disorders but If your teeth have suffered any damage, then we may also recommend an appropriate restorative dental treatment, such as dental crowns, to rebuild the compromised tooth structure.