A preventive program is a cooperating effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health. Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.
Digital Radiography uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays. Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected. A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. Bite-wing x-rays are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at the initial dental visit. As regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include a dental exam, prophylaxis, and dental x-rays.
A silver amalgam filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a silver filling. As with most dental restorations, amalgam fillings are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long lasting smile.
Pulpotomy therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.