Good oral habits are vital for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Without proper oral care, bacteria can multiply in your mouth and cause serious oral infections like tooth decay and gum disease. You should not just consult your dentist when you have an issue that needs to be addressed. Prevention is better than cure, which is why visiting your dentist every six months is recommended in order to maintain your oral health.
At Advanced Dental Associates, experienced dentists can help treat as well as prevent oral complications. Here are some of the services we provide:
The objective of dental cleanings is to get rid of plaque and tartar on your teeth in order to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. We use ultrasonic scalers for most adult dental cleanings. Dentists recommend getting a routine cleaning performed every six months to maintain a healthy mouth.
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During a dental examination, your dentist will clean your teeth and inspect your mouth for any signs of cavities or periodontal disease. Exams help detect oral problems early on so that they can be treated in time. A dental exam may also consist of x-rays and other diagnostic methods.
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Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screening is a precautionary process that can be conducted during a regular dental appointment. A comprehensive screening can be completed in as little as two minutes. It consists of checking for cancer symptoms in and near your oral cavities and connected tissues.
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Dentistry For Kids
The earlier children start having regular dental checkups, the better oral health they will be able to enjoy. Routine checkups help prevent cavities and gum disease, which can result in pain, difficulty concentrating, and other medical issues.
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The Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) Protocol is a substitute for traditional surgery for periodontitis, or gum disease. It involves less pain and easier recovery. It also facilitates gum tissue revival, reattachment, and growth of new bone.
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Periodontal disease, or gum disease, can not only damage the gums but also affects other parts that support your teeth, such as periodontal ligaments and your jawbone. If left untreated, gum disease can eventually cause tooth loss.
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Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria spread to the gum tissue and result in severe inflammation or irritation. Periodontal maintenance entails a thorough cleaning of your teeth in order to stop the development of gum disease.
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If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, or often indulge in athletic activities, then there is a chance of your teeth getting broken, chipped, or cracked. Mouthguards or sports guards are used to cushion impact on your face as you play sports. They minimize the chance of broken teeth and injuries to the lips, face, tongue, or jaw.
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Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where your breathing gets repeatedly interrupted during sleep. If you snore loudly, wake up gasping, or experience morning headaches, there is a chance that you may be suffering from sleep apnea. If you notice any of these signs, consult your dentist immediately.
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Sleep Apnea – Oral Appliance Therapy
Your dentist is likely to recommend either a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) or a tongue retaining device if you are suffering from sleep apnea. MAD helps move the tongue forward, and a tongue retaining device holds your tongue in place to keep the airway unrestricted.
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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) links your jaw to the skull’s temporal bones, which are located in front of your ears. Issues with the jaw and muscles related to this joint are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Your dentist may prescribe pain relievers or carry out non-drug therapies to relieve TMD.
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Schedule An Appointment
Routine dental checkups are crucial for maintaining good oral health. They also help diagnose dental issues early so that the treatment can be completed easily and quickly. Schedule an appointment with us at Advanced Dental Associates by calling us at (210) 714-5589 today.