Preventative dentistry in Mesa AZ
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Preventative dental treatments can protect you from future problems
Slater Family Dentistry provides a number of preventative procedures that can help protect you from decay, fractures, and other dental related issues that can be very costly to you. Preventative dentistry can be as simple as sticking with your cleanings, exams, and x-rays. It can also include procedures such as dental sealants. Dental sealant is a thin coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth -- usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) -- to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Although thorough brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, they cannot always get into all the nooks and crannies of the back teeth to remove the food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by "sealing out" plaque and food.
Who Should Get Sealants?
Because of the likelihood of developing decay in the depressions and grooves of the premolars and molars, children and teenagers are candidates for sealants. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.
Typically, children should get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. In this way, the sealants can protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14.
In some cases, dental sealants may also be appropriate for baby teeth, such as when a child's baby teeth have deep depressions and grooves. Because baby teeth play such an important role in holding the correct spacing for permanent teeth, it's important to keep these teeth healthy so they are not lost too early.
How Are Sealants Applied?
Applying sealant is a simple and painless process. It takes only a few minutes for your dentist or hygienist to apply the sealant to seal each tooth. The application steps are as follows:
First the teeth that are to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned.
Each tooth is then dried, and cotton or another absorbent material is put around the tooth to keep it dry.
An acid solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to roughen them up, which helps the sealant bond to the teeth.
The teeth are then rinsed and dried.
Sealant is then painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. Sometimes a special curing light is used to help the sealant harden.
How Long Do Sealants Last?
Sealants can protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years, but they need to be checked for chipping or wearing at regular dental check-ups. Your dentist can replace sealants as necessary.
Custom night guard
A night guard is a removable appliance that fits over your upper or lower teeth. It's used to stop damage caused by grinding or gnashing of the teeth during sleep. This can work wonders for relieving headaches and jaw pain. At Slater family Dentistry we can fabricate a custom night guard that will out perform and outlast any night guard bought from the store. A night guard can also protect your teeth from cracking or fracturing and can be an invaluable dental appliance to improve your everyday life.
Custom mouth guard
Do you have children that play sports? If so you probably want to protect their smile. At Slater Family Dentistry we make mouth guards for athletes that not only protect better than the mass produced over the country mouth pieces, but also improve breathing ability to allow for more efficient oxygen intake by your athlete!
Crown and restoration maintenance
If you are one of those patients with a lot of crowns, bridges, and fillings, then you probably do not want them to fail. Dr. Slater and her team can help you get the most out of your dental work by keeping up with routine fluoride treatment. The area where the restorative material and natural tooth meet is most commonly where the restoration fails. By applying fluoride treatments to these areas, you can drastically lower your chances of getting recurrent decay!
The Perio Protect Method
Perio Protect is doctor-prescribed and patient-applied. When you receive your custom Perio Trays, your dental team will show you how to place a small amount of prescription medicine in each tray. You wear it for just minutes each day. Your dentist will also design a treatment plan specifically for you, as the duration and frequency varies for each patient.
The trays are designed with a patented seal to place and hold medication where it is most effective—at the site of infection deep below the gum line. A low concentration of hydrogen peroxide gently and thoroughly cleanses the periodontal pockets, combatting bacteria, whitening your teeth and freshening your breath.
For some patients, the non-invasive Perio Trays reduce the need for surgical intervention. For others, it can be a potent compliment to traditional treatment methods, helping to ensure a more successful outcome.
While there is no “cure” for gum disease, it can be managed with daily treatment to prevent pathogenic bacteria from recolonizing. When the desired results have been achieved, your dentist will revise your treatment plan to maintain the results.
The Perio Protect Method is an appealing, minimally invasive option for advanced periodontitis and early-stage gum disease alike.