Preventive Dentistry in Fayetteville, AR
Preventive dental care in Fayetteville, AR is the cornerstone of our practice. It allows us to catch problems early on and treat them easily and inexpensively so you can get on with your life.
Preventing Dental Health Issues with Conservative Therapies
We believe there are three main areas that we need to control to prevent you from needing future dental work.
If you are breaking your teeth or they are wearing down, we need to control what is causing the breakdown. This could be done with a bite equilibration or even braces (orthodontics). Sometimes, you may need a nightguard to help prevent you from wearing your teeth down at night via bruxism (grinding and clenching).
Sometimes, patients break their teeth because they have large cavities. We control these breaks by fixing the cavities and preventing new cavities with fluoride treatments, fluoride trays, and CariFree.
CariFree is a rinse we use that actually controls the bacteria that cause cavities. Most people don't realize that an infection causes cavities. You can even pass this infection along to your kids! We have the ability to treat the infection like you would at your general doctor's office.
We can also place sealants in your teeth. These conservative coverings can be done without shots or anesthetic. They allow us to cover the little grooves in your teeth. This stops the bacteria from getting into the grooves and causing cavities.
Another method of preventative dentistry that we use includes XDR digital radiography. We use digital x-rays to diagnose initial lesions in your teeth before they become too large. Digital x-rays allow us to do this more safely than we could with traditional x-rays.
Diagnosing and Treating Periodontal Disease in Fayetteville, AR
Preventive dentistry also lowers your risks for gum disease (periodontal disease). Risk factors for periodontal disease include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Lack of quality dental care
We control periodontal risk factors by staying on the front edge of treatment and diagnosis. We do a thorough periodontal evaluation that includes digital x-rays and a six-point probing of every tooth in your mouth.
Our periodontist in Fayetteville needs to treat periodontal disease early because, despite the name, it is actually more of a bone disease than it is a gum disease. If you are susceptible to gum disease, then you can lose the bone that holds your teeth in place. Since it is challenging, if not impossible, to gain that bone back, we believe that early and thorough treatment is necessary.
Periodontal treatment may include a specialized teeth cleaning schedule in our dental office and a new routine for at-home hygiene.
For advanced gum disease cases in Fayetteville, AR, we may recommend a specific type of deep cleaning that involves deep cleaning below the gumline to promote healing—also called planing and scaling. Topical antibiotics may also play a role.
Your Fayetteville periodontist will discuss all treatment options with you based on your level of gum disease.
Is It Time for a Dental Check-Up?
Even if you’re overdue, give us a call to schedule your next preventive dentistry check-up. These dental appointments are the key to keeping your teeth and gums in great shape for a lifetime.