Preventative

Child and Family Care

Our office is committed to providing excellent care to patients of all ages. We cater to young children, special needs , geriatric patients and everything in between. Our office will customize treatment based on each individual’s needs, while emphasizing health and prevention.

Professional cleaning (prophylaxis)

Prophylaxis is the preventive treatment of disease. A dental prophylaxis (dental cleaning) is performed by a licensed Dental Hygienist or Dentist. The procedure consists of removing plaque, tartar and debris from the surfaces of the teeth. Removal of surface stains, polishing and flossing is also performed. These procedures are completed in order to halt or prevent the progression of gingivitis, periodontitis and periodontal disease. Prophylaxis are generally recommended twice a year, every six months. The frequency of these visits may be increased if the patient has a higher risk for disease.

Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing (deep cleaning)

Scaling and root planing (a deep cleaning) is the most conservative way to treat perio (gum) disease. Tooth loss is likely if periodontal disease is untreated. The warning signs of gum disease can include red, swollen or bleeding gums, bad breath or taste, shifting or loose teeth. Scaling and root planing is the removal of calculus and plaque, with a focus below the gumline and on the root surfaces. A local anesthetic is often used to numb the area prior to beginning the procedure. One half of the mouth is generally targeted at a time and a third visit will ensure that the expected results are being obtained and polishing will occur in that follow-up appointment.

Examinations

The dental exam is performed by the dentist and is crucial to a patient’s continued dental health. The dentist will perform a visual exam of your oral cavity, head and neck.   They will use information gathered from your medical history, the hygienists findings, x-rays, periodontal assessment and what they see in order to evaluate your risk of developing oral health problems.   Dr. Wall or Dr. Klooster will inform you if they see any decay or concerns and determine the best course of treatment that might be necessary.

Radiographs (advantages of digital x-rays)

Dental radiographs (x-rays) are necessary to help the hygienist and dentist to perform your routine care and exam. X-rays show areas of decay that are not visible when looking in the mouth – such as decay in between the teeth where they touch and below contact areas. It helps us to identify decay below existing fillings or crowns. Calculus and bone loss on x-ray can help us to determine if gum disease is present. Infection, an abscess, tumors or cysts are easiest to detect with x-rays. Taking radiographs are also necessary to help in preparation to replace missing teeth with implants, to begin orthodontic treatment or remove wisdom teeth.

Our office uses digital x-ray technology, exclusively. Digital x-ray techniques require up to 90% less radiation than traditional film x-rays. These images are available instantly on our computer screens and can be enhanced and enlarged . Digital images are more clear and allow for more accurate diagnosing of dental decay.

Sealants

A sealant is a resin that bonds into the grooves and pits of teeth where decay is found most often. Sealants are most often applied in the grooves of permanent molars on children between the ages of 6 and 16 . These teeth often have deep grooves that are difficult to keep clean. Sealants can also be applied to premolars, baby teeth and are a wonderful benefit to adults with decay free teeth. Most insurances cover sealants at 100% because they are such a beneficial preventive procedure.

Identafi Oral Cancer Exam

During your recall exam, our doctors will perform and visual oral cancer screening. Our office also offers a more advanced Oral Cancer exam called Identafi. This is a three-wavelength technology using multi-spectral light to detect cancer on the cellular level before it is visible by the naked eye.