Having a beautiful smile can be a major self-esteem boost, and one of the best ways to ensure it is by access to excellent preventative dentistry. At McPherson Dental Care, we offer general dentistry that includes routine checkups, exams, screenings, and more.
We have not one general dentist, but three. Dr. Brian Kynaston, Dr. Matthew Perry, and Dr. Seth Prochaska are all capable of finding dental problems before they get complicated, saving you money and ensuring a continued smile you can be proud of.
The following article explains some of our preventative dentistry procedures, and what benefits they offer you and your family.
Having regular dental exams is an essential aspect of dental health. When you come into McPherson Dental Care, your dentist will check your teeth and gums for cavities and other issues. They will also do a cleaning of your teeth to ensure they are squeaky clean and healthy. In addition to checking and cleaning your teeth, they will also review the neck, mouth, and face for any irregularities. In many cases, your dentist will also do dental x-rays and other procedures to make sure your entire mouth is in great shape.
After the exam is complete, your hygienist or dentist at McPherson Dental Care will also provide you insight into proper flossing and brushing techniques. They may also discuss your oral care habits and diet. The dentist will even go over potential cosmetic improvements or practices that can help contribute to your dental health.
A dental exam is one of the best ways to maintain excellent oral health and well-being. The dentist will be able to give you information on caring for your teeth and catch any future problems when they are still mild and easily treatable. The American Dental Associate suggests that you speak with your dentist about how often to stop in for dental exams.
Dental X-rays, also called radiographs, are another critical aspect of dental care. They are diagnostic procedures, but can also be preventative because they may make your dentist aware of potential oral care issues that can be treated before escalating.
The x-ray itself is a photograph that passes through your body’s soft tissues to be absorbed by dense tissue, such as bone or teeth. X-rays can be extraoral or intraoral. With an extraoral x-ray, it is taken outside of the mouth. Intraoral, on the other hand, are taken inside of the mouth. Most dental x-rays are intraoral and can show a higher level of detail when it comes to bone, teeth, and tissues of the mouth.
Some of the things that x-rays allow the dentist to do include:
Looking at the root of your teeth
Checking health of the bone near the tooth
Determining if there is periodontal disease
Checking on the status of developing teeth
Monitoring tooth health
X-rays can help Dr. Perry, Prochaska, or Kynaston diagnose problems like gum disease, infection, and cavities. However, there are multiple types of x-rays that your dentist may request. The choice of type is dependent mainly upon the kind of care that you need. The most common types are occlusal, panoramic, bite-wing, and periapical.
Another preventative dental procedure is the dental cleaning. Keeping your teeth clean is a big part of keeping your entire body healthy and disease-free. The first thing to understand is why teeth cleanings are so necessary. There are two reasons for this. One, because it can help to prevent diseases such as heart disease or complications from diabetes. Two, because it can help to prevent loss of teeth.
The mouth is a specialized area of the body, and it is under a lot of stress throughout the day because of eating and talking. This is part of why special care is essential for the mouth and teeth. With a tooth cleaning, plaque and tarter are removed. The buildup of these substances is natural, but having too much of it can lead to gum disease.
Gum disease is a response to tartar buildup and can lead to bleeding and inflamed gums. When this happens, your immune system kicks in to kill off infection. The problem is that as gum disease continues to progress, it can cause degradation to the tissues and bone in your mouth.
During a dental cleaning, your hygienist or dentist will explain what is happening. They will also talk to you about why different procedures are happening, including why your gums may bleed, or your teeth might feel sensitive.
When we mention dental hygiene, what we are discussing is having a mouth that looks, feels, and smells healthy. Good dental health means that your teeth are clean, your gums are pink and do not bleed or have pain when you floss and brush, and you do not have a constant problem with bad breath. Having good dental hygiene is a huge part of general dentistry and prevents many major dental issues that you could otherwise suffer from.
One of those things is tooth decay, which can be a significant problem for people of all different ages. When a child has a cavity, it can lead to pain, trouble concentrating on learning, poor appearance, and absences from school. This is a major issue that affects the quality of life for everyone who struggles with it.
Another massive issue for those who do not have proper dental hygiene is periodontal disease. This is an infection that occurs in the gum tissue when bacteria is present. This can lead to other problems as it progresses and has been associated with heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Periodontal treatment is an essential aspect of preventative dentistry and includes many different procedures. The one that is most commonly thought of is probably root planing and scaling. This process at McPherson Dental Care involves a thorough cleaning of the root surfaces to remove all tartar and plaque that may be inside of periodontal pockets. It also requires smoothing of the root of the tooth which eliminates bacteria.
Sometimes scaling and root planing involves other types of treatment, such as antibiotics, antimicrobials, and host modulation. However, in many cases, you will find that scaling and root planing does all that is needed for the average patient. Other patients will require maintenance therapy to keep their dental health high.
Some patients will require a tray system which is built from impressions made of their mouth. This tray system can be used to deliver certain sorts of medications that Dr. Prochaska, Dr. Perry, or Dr. Kynaston prescribe for you. These are similar to fluoride trays which have long been used for the prevention of tooth decay.
If you have a cavity, your dentist will likely recommend fillings to rectify the problem. While incidents of cavities are getting lower as more people take better care of their teeth, they do still occur. The good news is that for those who have cavities, there are more options now than ever.
With a composite filling, the filling will be made of an acrylic resin and powdered glass. It has some excellent advantages when comparing it to a traditional metal filling. One of those benefits is that it can be made in a shade that perfectly matches the color of your natural teeth. This means fewer people will know you have a filling at all. This natural looking option has gained popularity because people appreciate the ability to have a natural looking smile.
Composite fillings can be used for decayed teeth, but there are other uses for them as well. They work well to fill in worn teeth, broken or cracked teeth, chipped teeth, and can be used to fill in space between two teeth that are farther apart than aesthetically wanted. You will also find that the composite fillings by McPherson Dental Care are very durable and can last many years.
Oral Cancer Screenings
An oral cancer screening is one of the examinations your general dentist can provide. This procedure looks for any signs or cancerous or precancerous conditions in the mouth. Most dentist will perform a basic exam at any routine appointment. However, other tests may be used to assist in determining if abnormal cells are present in the mouth.
The reason behind screening is to detect cancer in the mouth at the earliest possible stage when it is the simplest to cure or remove. Some people have a higher risk of oral cancer and may be best served by this type of screening. The below factors may be associated with an increased risk of oral cancer:
- Finding cavities
- Dental Cleanings
- Dental Hygiene
- Composite Fillings
- Oral Cancer Screenings
- Root Canals
- Skilled General Dentistry Procedures
You should talk to your dentist at McPherson Dental Care to determine if screening is indicated for you. You can also ask our skilled dentists about ways to reduce your risk of getting oral cancer.
If your dentist has explained that you need a root canal, you probably wonder what it entails. Many people believe that root canals are very painful and stressful, as that is a common misconception that is shared. The truth is, many root canals are not painful at all. The use of anesthetic can ensure the entire procedure is comfortable for you.
What happens during a root canal is that your dentist will examine the tooth and then provide a local anesthetic. Once your mouth is numb, the dentist will start the procedure. First, they will isolate the tooth; then they will make an opening in the top of it. Tiny instruments are used to remove the pulp from the root and to shape the space correctly so that it can be filled. Following that, the dentist will fill the canal and then fit a temporary barrier at the top to close the hole.
Most teeth that have had root canals will look and can be treated just like any other tooth. However, your dentist may offer special instructions to you regarding taking care of the tooth.