Preventing dental conditions during their early stages or even before they have a chance to take a toll on your oral health is the main objective of preventive dentistry. It keeps individuals from enduring a lot of pain and discomfort and also saves them a lot of money in treatment fees. Here are some of the commonly offered preventive treatments.
Oral cleaning comprises scaling and root planing. Scaling is the process of using an ultrasonic scaling device to dislodge the tartar deposits from the teeth's surfaces. Root planing is performed on the tooth roots to clear off the accumulated tartar and the deep gum pockets, along with smoothening the surface imperfections. Oral cleaning helps to get rid of the tartar deposits, thereby significantly reducing the chances of developing cavities and gum disease.
Sealants are acrylic surface applicants used to cover the minute occlusal grooves on the molars and premolars. They keep the oral bacteria and food residues from getting deposited in these grooves, which reduces the chances of tooth decay. Since sealants are made from tooth-colored material, they can be customized to mimic the aesthetics of the natural enamel.
Fillings are used to restore teeth affected by cavities and to keep the decay from growing further. They are made from biocompatible and tooth-colored ceramic or composite resin, making them safe for use on the teeth. They offer excellent sealing properties, thereby keeping the microbes at bay. This avoids reinfection and also restores the strength of the tooth.
Dental x-rays are quite useful in determining the damage caused to teeth, tooth roots, underlying jawbone, and the surrounding soft tissues. The dentist can diagnose and spot injured jawbone, infected tooth roots in case of root canal infection, broken or cracked teeth, cysts and lesions, cavities, drifting of teeth, jawbone deterioration, etc., using x-rays.
Fluoride treatment is carried out using a surface applicant rich in mineral fluoride. This mineral is made available to the body through drinking water or the toothpaste we use to brush the teeth. When it is inadequately provided to the body, the teeth may weaken or become more susceptible to decay. Hence, we offer fluoride treatment to increase the teeth' immunity to cavities.
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