Keeping your natural teeth healthy is one of the best things a person can do for their smile. We feel that preventive dental care is one of the most important steps in enhancing our patient’s oral health. We provide you with the tools to prevent disease, reverse infection, and limit the need for extensive dental work later on. Not only does this save you money, it saves your smile.
To prevent problems like gum disease and tooth decay from popping up, we recommend a preventive care appointment with our team at least every six months. For some people, it may need to be every three or four. Regular assessment of your teeth allows us to intervene early, sometimes when disease is completely reversible.
Comprehensive and Periodic Exams — The first time you visit our Kellogg location, we will perform an extensive comprehensive examination to establish a “baseline” that all future exams will be compared back to. This allows us to carefully monitor the health of your teeth, gums, and integrity of existing restorations. Every six months afterward, a periodic exam will check to see if there have been any changes or developments in situations, so that we can intervene quickly.
Digital X-rays — Low-radiation, high resolution dental x-rays allow us to screen more thoroughly for signs of decay, disease, and pathology. Plus, they’re even saver than conventional dental x-rays (which were already safe to begin with!) We use x-rays to share our findings with you during your exam, so that you can see the same things that we do. Plus, digital radiography is so efficient, that it saves five to ten minutes as no chemical processing is necessary: making them better on your time, and better on the environment!
Periodontal Screenings — Do you have gum disease? Every adult receives a periodic screening where we assess the height of your supporting gum and bone tissue. As we measure the “pockets” around your teeth, listen for numbers that are greater than three, as these indicate areas where gum detachment is starting to occur. Multiple deep pockets mean that we need to consider some form of periodontal therapy to halt the disease process.
Oral Cancer Exams —You don’t have to be a smoker to develop oral cancer. Risk factors include everything from sun exposure to certain types of viruses. That’s why our team thoroughly screen each patient for oral cancer during every exam. We look for atypical tissues during their precancerous stages, as early diagnosis is the most effective form of treatment. Let us know if you notice any areas such as sores that do not heal, small lumps, or white/red patches that do not match the tissues around them. If precancerous tissue is noted, we’ll either take a small biopsy or send you to an oral surgeon for further diagnosis.
Preventive Cleanings for Adults and Children — Even if you’re brushing and flossing each day, there are areas of your teeth that collect plaque and tartar buildup. Our hygienists use special tools to gently remove these deposits so that your gum tissues don’t become inflamed or detached over time.
Fluoride Treatments — In-office and take-home fluoride is ideal for people with sensitive teeth, individuals wearing braces, or if someone is at a high risk for developing cavities. We also recommend fluoride after every cleaning to remove essential minerals that may have been removed during the visit.
Dental Sealants — These thin protective coatings block out acids, food, and bacterial plaque from collecting in the deep grooves of your back teeth. While usually reserved for children, adults can request sealants as well! A sealant takes only a few minutes to apply, and no drilling or numbing is necessary. They make it easier to clean hard-to-access tooth anatomy so that you can feel confident that you’re doing everything possible to combat tooth decay.
Oral Hygiene and Nutritional Counseling — We know you don’t want to be lectured on flossing every time you step through the front door of our Kellogg dentist office. But, we do want you to know what works when it comes to eliminating infection, bacteria, and other factors that are a hamper to your oral health. We’ll show you what works (and the easiest way to do it.)
3D Imaging: CT/Pano — A full mouth CT scan captures 3D X-ray images of your oral anatomy, including the roots of teeth, jaws, sinus cavities, nerve and blood supply, and the airway. Having a CT scan is simple and quite similar to a traditional panoramic X-ray, only it takes a minute or two longer. As the open-air imaging equipment encircles your face, it measures and captures data to digitally chart the density and anatomical structures of your mouth and face
TMJ — TMJ disorder, or TMD, affects millions of Americans and can cause severe, chronic pain, jawbone deterioration, and many other dental health conditions.If you suffer from TMD, Dr. Byrd provides non-surgical treatment at his Silver Valley office as part of his general dentistry service. One of the most popular treatments involves the creation of a custom-fit night guard that protects your teeth if you grind or clench your teeth at night. Such habits can be detrimental to the enamel of your teeth and cause pain in your head, neck, shoulders, and jaw.
Mouthguards — Did you know that mouthguards should be worn during sporting events, even for just a friendly pick-up game of soccer in the neighborhood? Dental injuries can happen before you know it, and many could be avoided if proper protective gear was worn. We will fit your child with a custom made mouthguard that will fit comfortably over their teeth for protection. Don’t be caught by surprise, make sure your children have athletic mouthguards!
We want you to be able to keep your natural teeth for life. Yes, we offer great options like dental implants, but nothing beats a real set of teeth. When possible, we’ll do everything we can to help you enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile that you can feel proud of showing off, even enhancing it with cosmetic dentistry options if necessary.
Has it been more than six months since your last dental cleaning and exam? Call Silver Valley Dental Care in Kellogg to schedule your next visit with our expert team. New patients are always welcome!