Though Coleman & Coleman Advanced Dentistry has a special focus on cosmetic dentistry, we believe that a healthy smile is the essential foundation for a beautiful smile. Maintaining good oral hygiene, scheduling routine checkups, and screening for early signs of disease help protect your teeth and gums, and even your overall health. Regular visits to the dentist also provide an opportunity to catch dental problems that may not currently exhibit obvious symptoms and can prevent more complicated – and costly – procedures in the future. Once you have a healthy mouth as a solid foundation, our dentists can address a variety of cosmetic concerns you may have with the appearance of your teeth and gums. Our goal at Coleman & Coleman Advanced Dentistry is to provide you with a smile you can be proud of – and results that can last a lifetime.
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Scheduling a routine check up with one of our dentists every six months can significantly reduce the likelihood of developing serious oral health complications. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly checkups to screen for oral cancer, periodontal disease, tooth decay, new cracks in the teeth, or old dental work that may have been compromised. By assessing these issues shortly after they arise, our dentists can provide prompt treatment, including tooth-colored fillings, dental crowns, inlays, or onlays.
When patients leave minor dental issues untreated, the risk for more serious dental problems can increase. For example, a small cavity is easy to detect and treat with our standard full mouth examination. However, that same cavity left untreated has the potential to spread decay not only throughout that tooth but also to the teeth surrounding the original cavity. Similarly, when gum disease is left untreated, it can advance and eventually cause tooth loss and even risks to your overall health. Routine checkups are vital to early detection, treatment, and control of these common dental health concerns.
Endodontics / Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is not just the name of a procedure associated with severe tooth decay – it is also the name of an integral part of your oral anatomy. A healthy root canal is connected to the tooth root tip and allows the tooth to receive necessary nutrients, as well as dispose of toxins through the bloodstream. However, root canals can become easily susceptible to bacterial infection when the tooth is compromised by a cavity, fracture, or other traumatic injury. Tooth pain occurs when too much blood is being channeled to the tooth, causing swelling that can ultimately lead to bone degeneration and tooth loss.
Root canal therapy is used to treat infections of the root canal. Our dentists clean the infected area, eliminates the harmful bacteria, and then seal the canal to prevent future infections. Thanks to advanced analgesics and dental technologies, you should experience little to no pain during root canal therapy, and this treatment can typically be completed in a single office visit, followed by dental crown placement to strengthen and protect your original tooth. Routine checkups should be made every six months to help ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy after treatment.
Our experienced dental team offers a variety of treatments to help prevent and treat periodontal disease (gum disease). Regular check-ups and routine teeth cleanings can go a long way toward maintaining good gum health, and deep cleanings with root planing and scaling can treat gum disease that has already progressed to serious stages. Our office utilizes some of the latest techniques to provide you with the most effective and comfortable gum treatment possible.
Gum disease affects approximately 80 percent of men and women living in America – and many of these people are unaware they are living with this condition. Although the symptoms of periodontal disease may not be prevalent, leaving this serious condition untreated can lead to much greater problems, including loss of gum tissue, gum inflammation and bleeding, and tooth loss. Gum disease is also widely believed to increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, pregnancy complications, and diabetes complications.
Buildup of plaque, genetics, and lifestyle choices can all contribute to the development of periodontal disease. When plaque accumulates on the teeth, the bacteria begins to break down the gum tissue surrounding the teeth, creating air pockets that permit more harmful bacteria to grow. In addition to causing harm to your gums, teeth, and bones within the mouth, your overall health can be compromised when this condition is allowed to progress untreated.
Since the symptoms of periodontal disease are extremely mild in its initial stages (swollen gums or minor bleeding while brushing), the condition often remains hidden without routine checkups. Conversely, when periodontal disease is detected early with a full mouth oral examination by one of our dentists, the condition can be treated and reversed before any major problems develop. Maintaining regular daily oral health practices is also important for warding off periodontal disease. Our dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing daily, and using a mouth rinse to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer is responsible for more than 7,500 deaths each year, so catching this disease in its earliest stages is crucial. Oral cancer does not exhibit obvious symptoms early on – therefore, routine checkups that include oral cancer screenings are the best way to identify any abnormalities as soon as possible. The oral cancer screenings our dentists perform are quick and painless, using some of the latest diagnostic tools to detect areas of soft tissue in the mouth that are potentially cancerous. Our dentists recommend that patients who do not use tobacco products have an oral cancer screening at least once a year, as early detection and treatment can greatly increase the likelihood of surviving the disease. Patients who smoke or use other types of tobacco products have an increased risk of oral cancer, and at least two screenings per year are recommended to check oral tissues and identify any irregularities as quickly as possible.
To learn more about our general and preventive care treatments at Coleman & Coleman Advanced Dentistry, please contact our office today to schedule an appointment.