Regardless of age, dental problems can develop. This is why it’s crucial for both children and adults to complete routine visits. We’re happy to diagnose and treat issues before they cause permanent damage, ensuring you avoid costly and invasive dental treatments later thanks to preventive dentistry in Lockport, IL.
There are few parts of your preventive dental care more important than keeping up with dental exams and hygiene appointments. During your first visit, we complete a very comprehensive exam, then follow it up with additional exams based on your needs. During these checkups, we confirm if cavities, abnormal wear and tear, or other damage is present. We also check for gum disease, whether or not your bite is unbalanced, and if the symptoms of TMJ disorder are apparent. Every exam comes with a dedicated oral cancer screening as well. With routine exams, we can catch dental problems sooner, rather than later.
When you visit us every 6 months for a dental cleaning with our hygienists, you’re doing far more for your oral health than you may realize. For one, cleanings keep your teeth clean, remove harmful, cavity-causing plaque, and reduce your risk of developing gum disease (also known as periodontal disease.) To reduce your risk of bone loss, tooth loss, and even systemic issues like heart disease, professional and at-home care is essential.
While fluoride treatment is usually recommended for kids, it’s not exclusively for them. They protect vulnerable, developing teeth from decay and remineralize teeth, but they are also recommended for adults during their routine cleanings. We make use of Clinpro 5000 home fluoride for the best protection possible.
Oral cancer screenings involve a detailed exam of the inside of the mouth, specifically for red or white patches of tissue or mouth sores. After putting on protective gloves, your dentist will feel for lumps, bumps, or other physical abnormalities, which are common signs of oral cancer. Screenings should be completed once a year. Got a full or partial denture? Our dentists will examine tissue underneath as well. We’ll also go over ways to reduce your risk of developing oral cancer before you leave.
There’s a good chance that you grind your teeth but don’t even realize it. This can damage natural teeth and dental restorations, leaving them broken, chipped, worn-down, or compromised in some way. With our custom-made nightguards, your smile gets the protection it needs.
You don’t have to settle for chronic jaw pain or discomfort. However, you may have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Our dental office provides splint therapy to keep your bite balanced, stop chronic pain, and prevent clicking and popping of the jaw. Furthermore, we may recommend daily exercises and consult you on behaviors to avoid that can cause discomfort.