AT RODNEY BRANDT, DDS PS
AT RODNEY BRANDT, DDS PS
Some form of periodontal disease affects 50% of adults. With dentist-directed home care and regular cleanings from a trusted hygienist, you can help prevent this serious disease, which can lead to bone loss, chronic bad breath, and bleeding or receding gums, among other oral health issues. It’s also important to watch for signs of periodontal disease, including:
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Teeth surrounded by pus
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, don’t wait! Call Dr. Brandt’s office immediately for an evaluation. With proper treatment, you can be back on the road to optimal oral health.
Preventive Fluoride Therapy
Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally in many things we eat or drink. It is nature’s way of helping prevent cavities. Professional strength (in-office) fluorides and low strength (at-home) fluorides each play important roles in helping you keep your teeth for a lifetime. Professional fluorides make teeth stronger and even heal weakened areas while home fluorides assist in this process. In the lifelong fight against cavities, both adults and children benefit from in-office treatment and home fluorides.
Root Planing and Scaling
This extensive cleaning treatment is provided by the hygienist for patients who have tartar, calculus, and bacteria buried below the gum line of the tooth. Your regular tooth brushing and flossing removes the tartar that is above the gum line of your tooth. Root planing and scaling helps to prevent and in some cases treat gum disease. This technique is most often used when the gum pockets at your tooth have a measurement that is greater than 3mm. The average pocket depth is less than 3mm. When tartar and calculus attach to your tooth below the gum line, they pull the gum tissue away from the tooth, creating the deep pocket. The tartar and calculus must be removed so that the gum can heal and close the pocket to less than 3mm. If not treated, the tartar and bacteria will begin to cause gum disease and will deteriorate your bone, tissue, and teeth.
Do you know when your child’s dental care should begin? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the appearance of the first baby tooth is a good sign. For most babies, this occurs when they are between six months and one year of age. A simpler way to remember for your child is…first dental visit by first birthday. It’s important to remember that baby teeth serve as place-holders for adult teeth. If baby teeth are damaged, permanent teeth can grow in out of position, resulting in crowding and/or crooked teeth.
Damage to the nerve tissue and blood supply inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Despite the tales you may have heard regarding the procedure, most root canals are minimally uncomfortable, especially compared to the pain and discomfort you may be feeling before the procedure. Dr. Brandt takes advantage of advances in technology and in dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective while taking less time.
In some cases, injury or decay damages a tooth extensively, and an extraction is the proper treatment option to start you on the path toward complete dental health. We can remove your troublesome tooth, giving you the treatment options for replacing that tooth and for completing your beautiful smile once again.
When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned out portion of the tooth. However, with advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver ones. You may even elect to remove your old silver fillings in favor of new, undetectable tooth-colored fillings.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Did you know that every day approximately 100 adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with oral cancer? Unfortunately, most of these cases of cancer are not identified until the late stages of development, which leads to a high rate of death. But this does not have to be the case! When found in the early stages of development, oral cancer has a survival rate approaching 90 percent. That’s why each time you visit Dr. Brandt, you will receive a thorough oral cancer screening. Dr. Brandt will monitor your oral tissue very closely, making note of any changes over time. Even though you may not realize it, your lips, inner cheeks, gums, tongue and other soft tissues are being examined during every visit. And, you can help. Make sure you mention any tender areas or sores you may have, especially if you can’t remember what caused the injury or if they persist longer than a couple of weeks. Our goal is to stay ahead of any developing problems by being proactive and diligent in your care.
Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but who don’t remember when the injury occurred, may have damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack, and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a night-guard, which protects your teeth from grinding and clenching in your sleep. Our team takes great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Do you also suffer from headaches? If so, you may find that a side benefit of your night-guard is headache prevention. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask our team about having a night-guard custom created especially for you.
If your child plays sports or other similar activities, mouth guards are a great way to protect their teeth from potential injury. Mouthguards are easy to clean, come in many color combinations, and are custom made to fit comfortably in your child’s mouth.
Dental sealants are plastic coatings or barriers that protect the teeth against decay-causing bacteria. Usually, sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay most often occurs. Children in particular benefit from sealants, and applying a sealant to teeth can prevent cavities and the need for fillings. Sealants may need to be replaced every six to eight years.
For preventive dentistry in Sedro-Woolley WA contact us today.
Unlike traditional, film-based X-rays, digital X-rays often show more detail and can be archived in our system for future reference and comparison. You will appreciate a more comfortable visit with less waiting and quicker treatment.
Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but who don’t remember when the injury occurred may have damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack, and even break.