At Greenwood Dental, we like to help our patients avoid dental problems, which is why we put such a strong emphasis on prevention. With the services outlined below, we can keep your entire family’s smiles clean, healthy, and cavity-free year after year. Should we find a dental issue, we’ll be able to treat it early before it has a chance to harm your smile. This will keep your teeth looking and feeling great. What’s not to love? If it’s time for your next preventive appointment, be sure to contact us today.
With just two checkups and cleanings each year, we can give you the kind of smile that you never have to worry about. During a professional cleaning, Pam, our hygienist, will eliminate any plaque or tartar built up on your teeth, particularly targeting those areas your brush and floss can’t reach at home. Then, Dr. Greenwood will perform a thorough oral exam looking for signs of dental problems. Should he detect anything, he’ll go over your treatment options so that you are comfortable and confident with your choices.
Periodontal therapy is a collection of treatments used to help patients who have periodontal disease, which is better known as gum disease. This bacterial infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth is one of the most common and damaging dental problems, and it’s even the leading cause of tooth loss! Using a combination of periodontal screenings, scaling and root planing (a deep cleaning), laser dentistry, and antibiotic therapy, we’ll make sure this concern is never an issue for your smile.
With a dental sealant, we apply a clear, thin layer of a plastic-based substance to the teeth that are most vulnerable to developing cavities (which tend to be the back teeth). Sealants create an invisible barrier that plaque and food particles cannot penetrate, effectively safeguarding the teeth from decay. This treatment is ideal for small children with developing smiles as well as adults who are prone to experiencing tooth decay.
Do you ever wake up in the morning with a sore jaw, or do your teeth look like they’ve been worn down flat? If so, then you may be suffering from bruxism, a condition where a person clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth while they sleep. We may recommend that you wear something called a nightguard to bed. This small, custom-made mouthpiece will place a firm but comfortable barrier between your teeth that will prevent them from grinding together while you sleep.
Oral cancer is often fatal, but it is also treatable when detected early. This is why Dr. Greenwood recommends that everyone should have at least one oral cancer screening per year. He performs one as part of your regular checkup. He’ll briefly examine your lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, throat, and neck for any signs of the disease. Should he find something that causes concern, he can help you take quick and appropriate action.
The benefits of fluoride strengthening children and adult’s teeth has been known for decades. Most get it through their toothpaste or tap water. To give your family’s smile some extra protection between appointments, we offer a topical fluoride treatment at your regular checkups. It only takes a minute, is completely painless, and it’s one of the easiest ways we can keep your smile cavity-free!
A dental emergency is any situation where a person seeks out immediate dental care, for a fractured tooth, damaged dental work, or a severe toothache. Should you or a loved one ever need emergency dental care, you can always turn to Greenwood Dental to get the fast, professional help that you need.
At Greenwood Dental, we have just the right combination of treatments, patience, and a gentle touch to take care of your child’s smile and make sure they have a great time while we do it. With early-age appointments, we’ll be able to protect your child from cavities, as well as make sure their teeth are developing properly.