PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY

Preventive dental care is maintaining healthy gum tissue and keeping teeth cavity-free. Various tools and types of examinations are used to evaluate and maintain oral health to minimize any future dental issues.

Comprehensive examinations

Comprehensive examinations cover a broad scope. This examination includes, but is not limited to:
*learning about your health history (i.e. diabetes, heart disease, joint replacements, surgeries, current medications, etc.)
*your past and present dental history (caries, bad breath, oral pain, missing teeth, broken teeth, gum disease etc.)
*clinical evaluation of your oral health by the doctor. A full periodontal assessment of your gums is performed, a complete dental examination of every tooth is done, and an oral cancer screening is performed.
*radiographs are updated in order to completely evaluate your oral health.
Our goal is to put all of these together to comprehensively assess the patient, creating a treatment plan that will allow the patient to effectively manage their preventive care.

Sealant placement

*A sealant is a thin coating placed in the grooves of healthy molars and premolars to help prevent decay. When cured with an ultraviolet light, the coating hardens within the grooves, creating a protective surface that blocks out debris.
*Sealants last an average of 2 years
*Sealants are a painless procedure.

Intraoral Camera

The intraoral camera is a tool that allows patients to see what Dr. Wilson sees in the mouth. These cameras are small so they are comfortable in a patient’s mouth, yet they project a high definition image onto the monitor in order for you to get a picture of any area of your oral cavity.

Digital Radiographs

Digital radiographs use digital sensors in lieu of x-ray film. The advantages to the patient include:
* Better diagnostic quality
* Ease of transfer between practitioners or insurance companies
* Minimal radiation compared to traditional radiography
* Elimination of processing chemicals, which can be harmful

Planmeca

The Planmeca is another type of digital imaging system. It has made taking 2D radiographs easier for the patient.
* Eliminates the need for digital sensors in the mouth
* Lowers the radiation dosage used
* Compensates for slight movement, minimizing retakes for the patient

Fluoride treatments

*Fluoride is a natural mineral that can reinforce weak enamel and inhibit bacterial growth.
*Fluoride can benefit patients of all ages who may be at risk of developing dental decay.
*It is applied as a brush-on gel, which is left on the teeth for 30 minutes.
*The frequency of application and type of fluoride used is determined by your oral health needs.


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Our goal is to consider each patient as an individual. We strive to evaluate each person’s dental health based on thorough clinical, radiographic, and periodontal examinations. We want to prevent, restore, and maintain your oral health to minimize any future dental issues. We believe in offering options in order to work with each person’s individual situation. Again, our focus is to partner with you in managing the well-being of your oral health for the long term.

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