Preventative Dentistry An Overview
The key to achieving optimal oral health is having a proper routine that includes daily home care and regular professional visits. We recommend a professional oral health care schedule based on the needs of each patient; it may be twice a year or more frequent depending on the individual.
Comprehensive Dentistry in Severna Park
Patients comment on the excellent quality of our comprehensive dental cleanings and examinations. Our dental cleanings are performed by a licensed dental hygienist. During this appointment, our staff will diagnose tooth and gum problems (pathology). Identifying problems in the earliest stages allows us to recommend the most conservative treatment options, saving the patient from uncomfortable and expensive procedures.
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We offer a free toothbrush and other samples with each hygiene appointment to help you keep your smile bright and fresh between visits.
Preventative Dentistry What to Expect
Tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease are the two most common pathologies of the oral cavity. Both tooth decay and gum disease are the results of bacteria. Establishing and maintaining good oral hygiene will decrease the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
While preventive dentistry is what we strive for, some patients may already be showing signs of tooth decay or gum disease. We offer many services in her Severna Park dental office to restore the teeth and gums to proper health and will then develop an on-going treatment plan to help maintain that standard for a lifetime.
Dental Fillings for Tooth Decay
We offer a complete range of services including dental fillings to help patients restore proper health and function to teeth that are affected by decay, wear and trauma.
Dental fillings protect teeth as well as add strength and durability. There are many types of dental fillings and our dentists will help you select the filling that is right for your needs, goals, and budget.
White fillings are tooth-colored, designed to blend in with the natural tooth structure. White fillings can either be made of composite resin or porcelain and are often used for restorations in the smile zone or patients who want a highly aesthetic outcome. White fillings are chemically bonded to teeth and can help to reinforce teeth with large restorations.
Gold & Silver Fillings
We also use gold fillings because they offer unparalleled strength and durability. Gold fillings are extremely comfortable and compatible with teeth and are well suited for the restoration of teeth in the back of the mouth.
Amalgam fillings, also called silver fillings, are another type of dental filling. While these have been used for more than 150 years, many patients ask if silver fillings are safe. The American Dental Association (ADA) and other leading public health organizations support the findings that silver fillings are indeed safe and contain very low levels of mercury that are not easily absorbed in the body.
Dentistry for Children & Teens
Dental cleanings and routine examinations are also very important to the oral health of children and adolescents. By establishing good routines early, you will create long term habits for proper oral health care. Children and adolescents are particularly susceptible to cavities along with plaque and tartar build up. Our hygienists and dentists are experienced at working with children and understand their unique needs, striving to make them as comfortable as possible during their visit. We begin pediatric dental care at three years of age.