Brushing and flossing at home are essential habits for maintaining your oral health, allowing you to prevent a host of different complications such as cavities and gum disease. These habits, however, are only part of the equation. Even if you brush and floss every day, issues can still arise. Platte Valley Dental Care can help you to maintain optimal health with general dentistry.
Cleanings and ExamsThe ADA recommends cleanings and exams twice a year, or once every six months. Cleanings are performed to help eliminate all buildup from the surfaces of your teeth, including from the spaces you might not be able to properly clean on your own. With professional cleanings, we can help you maintain optimal oral health and prevent serious oral health issues from developing.
During your exams, we look over the visible structures of your mouth, checking for signs of decay, cavities, gum disease, and more. We can spot the earliest signs of these complications before symptoms even appear. By detecting issues early, we can provide you with more conservative treatments that help to restore your oral health and prevent more serious complications from developing later. Read more about Cleanings & Exams.
Dental SealantsDental sealants are a synthetic application that is used to protect the chewing surfaces of your molars. These surfaces contain deep grooves and crevices, which can easily trap bacteria and food particles. They can also be difficult to clean completely, no matter how well you brush your teeth. Sealants effectively seal these surfaces, preventing buildup and making your teeth easier to clean. Getting sealants is a quick, simple, completely painless process. Read more about Dental Sealants.
Composite FillingsComposite fillings are designed to treat cavities. This treatment uses composite resin to fill cavities, restoring your oral health and preventing serious complications. Composite resin is a tooth-colored material, which also provides aesthetic benefits. Unlike amalgam, it is completely free of metals and contains no mercury. They are ideal for treating cavities that affect teeth near the front of your mouth. The material also bonds with your tooth, meaning that more of your natural tooth structure is preserved. Read more about Composite Fillings.
Oral Cancer ScreeningsOral cancer is the largest group of head and neck cancers and can be fatal if not found and treated early. During every dental exam, we look over the soft tissues in your mouth, checking for signs of unusual growths, suspicious lesions, and other abnormalities that might point toward oral cancer. These issues can be difficult to detect on your own. By detecting signs early, you can receive an early diagnosis, which allows for prompt treatment. The earlier oral cancer is addressed, the easier it is to treat. There is also a much greater chance of successful treatment. Read more about Oral Cancer Screening.
Root Canal TherapyIf a tooth becomes damaged or experiences decay, an infection can develop inside. When an infection develops, a root canal is needed. This treatment removes the infected pulp within the tooth as well as the nerve. The canals inside the tooth are shaped and cleaned, and the entire tooth is disinfected. The inside of the tooth is then filled, and a crown is placed. With successful treatment, the tooth can function properly for a lifetime. Read more about Root Canal Therapy.
It is our goal to help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. For more information, and to schedule your next appointment, call Platte Valley Dental Care at (816) 858-2027 today.