Preventive and Diagnostic General Dental Care
Sealants protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and
should be applied as soon as the child's permanent teeth the molars come in. Though typically
placed on children's teeth, adult molars can also be sealed, provided a tooth
does not show evidence of decay. The sealants that we have placed have
been highly successful in preventing decay.
Fluoride applications help to strengthen the enamel on your child's teeth, making
it more difficult for cavities to begin. Children should be receiving
fluoride treatments every six months.
Regular Hygiene Visit (Prophylaxis)
These important appointments allow Dr. Vetter and her hygienist to monitor your oral
health and clean under your gum line where the toothbrush cannot reach.
They also help promote healthy gums and teeth by removing the plaque that
causes decay and gum infection, and educating you about prevention.
Fluoride is also helpful to adults to reduce the pain
and discomfort caused by exposed root surfaces (receding gums). Regular
fluoride application helps eliminate root sensitivity. Our patients have
found it helpful to have a series of fluoride treatments to reduce their
sensitivity, followed by at-home applications.
Once your mouth is restored to health, it is important that you make a commitment
to maintain your dental health. To achieve this, it is important that you return
on a regular basis for a routine examination, scaling, and root planing.
Dr. Vetter and her hygienist will inform you of the re-care interval that
best fits your needs.
Localized Antibiotic therapy
This procedure can be used when a single isolated area or a few areas show an increase in periodontal
infection activity. The antibiotic is delivered by the doctor or the hygienist
directly into the infected site. This is used to control the bacteria that
causes periodontal disease, and to promote healing of the gum tissue.
Nightguards are used as a treatment option to prevent damage to the chewing
surfaces of the teeth associated with grinding and clenching. It is a conservative
treatment that is very successful and highly recommended for patients with TMJ
dysfunction. By creating an acrylic pattern of your teeth, Dr. Vetter can help
you protect your teeth from unnecessary wear.