As Dentists Columbus, Ohio, our preventative services are those exams and treatments used to identify any dental health threats or problems. Dental services also include procedures used to maintain optimal dental health.
Every dentist visit starts with a dental exam. The only way to ensure optimal dental health is by having a thorough exam done to locate any problem areas, check the level of care, and plan for treatments to guarantee healthy teeth.
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following:
Digital Dental X-Rays and Intraoral Pictures: Beechwold Dental Care strives to provide our dentist patients Columbus, Ohio with the safest and most advanced technology. Your safety is increased with low radiation X-Rays that emit 90% less radiation than conventional X-Rays and are immediately viewable by you and your dentist on the computer monitor located in your treatment room.
Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
Dental x-rays may reveal:
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Intra-oral cameras have greatly improved the way teeth can be examined. Using a pen-sized camera, a video of your teeth is taken and projected onto a screen in the treatment room. This image is magnified, allowing us to better see and detect any decay, cracked or leaking fillings or other problems. This vivid image is right there for you to see, too. We can point out areas of concern and discuss treatment options with your full knowledge and understanding of the situation.
Teeth cleaning, or a prophy, is removing any built up plaque and tartar followed by polishing of the teeth. It takes less than 24 hours for plaque to harden into tartar, or calculus, which is often stuck on the teeth so hard that brushing and flossing cannot remove it at that point. Removal of this helps prevent cavities and promotes better gum health, and is a main key in preventing periodontal disease which can cause bone lose around the teeth.
In cases where periodontal disease has started and calculus is built up below the gums a deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, may be performed. The gums are numbed and all buildup is removed, followed by antibacterial treatment to disinfect the gums. In severe cases, antibiotic treatment or further gum procedures may be needed.
Whenever we eat, especially sugary foods, bacteria in the mouth break down the sugars into acid, which first softens the teeth by removing calcium from the outer layer of enamel. Eventually the tooth can become so soft that a break occurs in this layer, which is a cavity that then must be treated.
Fluoride treatments can replace the missing calcium from the tooth, rehardening the soft spots before they become cavities. In addition, the fluoride treatment makes the tooth more resistant to further softening and cavities.
Different levels of fluoride treatments are needed depending on a person's age, cavity risk, and environment. We offer several fluoride supplements and counseling on appropriate amounts.
A tooth sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing grooves, creating a smooth, easy-to-clean surface.
Sealants can protect teeth from decay for many years, but need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.