General Dentistry in Fayetteville, AR
General dentistry includes a wide array of treatments that improve the overall health of your mouth. From cavity detection and treatment to periodontal disease evaluation and therapy, we take the time to carefully assess every aspect of your dental health.
Regular general dentistry screenings can help us prevent major problems from developing or catch any problems that do come up when they are small and easily treated with simple, conservative measures.
Gum Disease Screening and Treatment
At each preventive exam, we look at your gum and bone to see if you are at risk or have developed gum disease. Since every person is different and responds differently, it doesn't make sense to treat everyone the same. We do a thorough evaluation and try to gauge your individual risk of developing periodontal disease (gum disease).
These screenings are incredibly important as gum disease has been linked to increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and even having pre-term low birth weight babies. We used to think that gum disease might just make you lose your teeth (and it will!), but now we are seeing a correlation between gum disease and your overall health.
The good news is that there are multiple treatments to help us deal with this disease. We will look at how your body is reacting to the bacteria that are causing gum disease and develop a plan that treats you best.
Clenching and Grinding (Bruxism)
Dr. Kifer has made it a mission over his career to give your bite (occlusion) and jaw joint appropriate attention. If you feel that you are having trouble chewing or notice that your teeth are changing, then you may have bite problems.
We are equipped to evaluate your bite and give you a plan to prevent future breakdown or restore it back to where you used to be. We sometimes look into night guards to help protect the teeth and help slow the damage caused by clenching and grinding while you sleep, a condition known as bruxism.
We may use a Kois deprogrammer or NTI appliance to control muscle activity and treat headaches and migraines. We also have the ability to selectively adjust your teeth to make them fit together or completely rebuild your chewing system. Every patient is different and in a different place in their lives. We help diagnose what is causing your problem and find a solution for YOU.
Cavity Treatment and Prevention
The teeth and cavities are something else we obviously focus on as a dental practice. We try to look at this area differently than most dentists and patients.
Are you one of those patients who seems to have new cavities or problems every time you go to the dentist? You probably have even done everything your dentist asked, including brushing and flossing. If you are not one of those people, it is hard to imagine the dread of going to the dentist and waiting for the bad news that you have a new cavity.
While our practice uses all the best techniques and materials to repair cavities, we also look at it a little differently. We practice CAMBRA (Caries Management By Risk Assessment). We use a system call CariFree to do this. These methods actually measure the bacteria in your mouth and test your risk of developing a cavity. We are then able to treat accordingly by selecting ways for you to lower your risk of developing cavities.
We use different products that will kill the bacteria in your mouth and actually raise the pH of your mouth to create an environment that is safer for your teeth. These methods drastically reduce the chances of you getting a new cavity.
We want to be your total oral healthcare provider. We don't just want to do a filling when you have a problem; we want to diagnose and treat the bacterial infection to make sure you don't get a new cavity.
Call us today to schedule your general dentistry exam.