What is preventive dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is dental care that is provided to prevent dental problems from developing, such as fluoride sealants to prevent tooth decay and the formation of cavities.
How does preventive dentistry differ from cosmetic dentistry?
While the goal of preventive dentistry is to prevent the development of tooth decay and disease, the purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. Cosmetic dentistry includes such treatments as teeth whitening and bonding to improve the look of your smile.
What is restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry focuses on restoring teeth that have been damaged or lost and may include such treatments as crowns, bridges, and dental implants.
How frequently should I get dental checkups?
Most patients with healthy teeth will require a dental checkup once yearly. However, if you have any irregular condition in your teeth and gums, you may need to see your dentist more often until your issue is fully treated. Those with chronic infections of the teeth and gums will naturally require more frequent dental visits.
Should I still get dental checkups even if I wear dentures?
Yes. Even if you have lost all or most of your teeth, you still need to monitor your oral health through regular dental checkups during which your dentist can check the condition of your gums and bone. It is normal for your bone tissue and gums to change over time gradually, so your denture or partial denture will probably need to be adjusted or replaced regularly. This will keep it fitting comfortably and protect the health of your underlying gum and bone tissue. By keeping your dentures fitting properly through regular examinations and adjustments, you can prevent infections and other problems that could cause pain, inflammation, and discomfort when wearing your dentures.
What if dental checkups give me anxiety?
Dentistry of West Bend provides a comfortable, relaxing environment staffed by caring, knowledgeable professionals who are experts in their field. We provide a variety of highly effective solutions to prevent any pain or discomfort during your treatment, as well as solutions to alleviate anxiety, such as nitrous oxide.
What is the purpose of professional dental cleanings?
The purpose of professional dental cleaning is to eliminate dental plaque and tartar caused by a buildup of harmful oral bacteria. The professional removal of plaque and tartar from tooth surfaces is critical to maintaining optimal oral health because it protects your teeth and gums from developing tooth decay and gum disease in the future.
What is dental plaque?
Dental plaque is a sticky film that accumulates on the teeth and gum surfaces due to the buildup of oral bacteria. Plaque may be colorless or pale yellow and typically develops between your teeth and along the gum line. Dental plaque eventually develops into tartar, which imparts a pale yellow or brown color to the base of your teeth. Tartar buildup can cause serious dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
How can I prevent cavities?
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends preventive home care to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Preventive care includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after meals and before bedtime. You should also use dental floss, interdental picks, or a Waterpik to dislodge food particles that get stuck between teeth and at the gum line at least once daily. A daily routine of proper brushing and flossing, combined with a yearly routine of regular dental checkups and professional preventive dental care, is the best way to prevent the development of serious oral issues that can lead to expensive dental work in the future.
Why do dentists take X-rays of the mouth?
X-rays are used to give your dentist a fully detailed picture of your mouth, revealing things that the naked eye can’t see both above and below the gum line, such as the condition of each tooth, as well as the state of the underlying bone tissue, and the connective tissue attaching the teeth to the bone. The X-rays provide the necessary information that your dentist needs to make appropriate treatment decisions.
Is it safe to get dental X-Rays during pregnancy?
Yes, you should continue to get routine dental checkups and X-Rays (if needed) during pregnancy, as your oral health affects your overall health. The X-Rays are performed using adequate protection so that they will not affect your health or that of your baby. Due to mineral deficiencies that sometimes develop as your body lends its nutrients to the creation of a new life, it is common for many new dental conditions to develop during pregnancy. It makes sense to stay on top of your oral health to prevent emerging problems from developing into more serious conditions in the future.