Life is busier than ever these days for every single member of the family, and the last thing anyone has time for is getting a dental problem fixed. Rather than waiting for something to pop up, the team at South Ridge Dental takes a proactive approach to dental care by providing a wide array of preventive services. With them, we can make sure that your smile stays strong, healthy, and cavity-free year after year. To schedule you or your child’s next preventive appointment, contact us today.
Whether someone is 3 or 103, we recommend that they should receive at least two checkups and cleanings each year, or about one every 6 months. At these appointments, our team won’t only polish your teeth and remove harmful plaque, but we’ll also check you for any minor dental decay or damage that could cause bigger trouble down the line. By regularly coming to see us, we can take care of any minor issues as early as possible and help you better preserve your natural teeth.
The back teeth, with their wide and deeply grooved surfaces, are the most vulnerable to developing cavities because they can be quite difficult to adequately clean, particularly for children who are still learning to brush. Fortunately, we can coat these teeth in a thin, clear layer of composite resin that will prevent any plaque, bacteria, or food particles from settling on the enamel. Sealants only take minutes to apply, and they can provide up to a decade of cavity protection afterward.
If waking up in the morning with a sore jaw or dull headache is common for you, then you may be suffering from bruxism, or nocturnal teeth grinding. This exposes the teeth to an extraordinary amount of force that can easily damage the enamel and any dental restorations if left untreated. To help patients in need, we can give them an appliance to wear to bed called a nightguard. Small and custom-fitted for every smile, it prevents the teeth from coming together by placing a thin barrier between them.
The earliest signs of oral cancer are very easy to miss, but nothing gets past our trained eyes. That’s why, to make sure our patients are never caught off guard by this disease, we perform an oral cancer screening at every routine checkup. We’ll examine your mouth for any suspicious growths or sores, and if necessary, we can organize a biopsy as well. With this approach, patients are able to get treatment as soon as possible, drastically increasing their chances for a successful recovery.
Fluoride is a mineral, and when it’s exposed to the teeth, it actually helps strengthen the enamel and replaces any tooth structure that has been damaged by plaque or acids from food. This is why you’ll see it added to so many oral healthcare products and community water sources. At South Ridge Dental, our patients can benefit from the power of fluoride as well with a topical treatment we provide at regular checkups. It’s one of the fastest and easiest ways to prevent decay and stop cavities before they even start.
We’re happy to treat every member of your family all under one roof, including any growing smiles you might have at home. We’re able to help children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers, and we always go the extra mile to ensure that our younger patients feel comfortable in our dental office. No matter what your child needs to enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles, you can trust that we provide it.
Without consistent brushing and flossing, not only can a patient develop cavities, but a serious oral infection called periodontal disease as well. This is the result of plaque and bacteria building up along the gum line, causing inflammation in the soft tissues of the mouth. This can spell big trouble for a person’s oral health without treatment, and it’s even the #1 cause of adult tooth loss in the US! To help patients dealing with periodontal disease, we can perform a special deep cleaning that is specifically designed to remove harmful bacteria from the gums and protect the mouth as a whole.
It’s very common for patients of all ages to feel a little nervous about going to the dentist, and if this includes you, know that you’ll never be judged at South Ridge Dental. Your comfort is very important to us, so if you need a little extra help to relax in the dental chair, we can provide you with nitrous oxide sedation. All a patient has to do is inhale this colorless, odorless gas to make any dental anxiety quickly melt away. It’s safe, effective, and so gentle that even small children can benefit from it.
If you move your jaw from side to side, you’ll feel your TMJ or temporomandibular joint. These small hinges located right below your ears are important to your ability to speak and eat, but sometimes, they can develop dysfunction due to inflammation, injury, or misalignment. This can lead to symptoms like chronic pain in the jaw, face, and head, but with a custom-made oral appliance called an occlusal splint, we can help patients improve their oral function and get out of pain at the same time.