Routine dentistry is important in making sure that one is as far away as possible from serious dental problems, which can lead to tooth loss (or other complications) if left untreated. This is where the importance of preventive dentistry comes in – regular dental check-ups can be used to monitor and maintain patients’ good dental health conditions, thereby ensuring continued good dental health. Routine dentistry is also highly important in the early detection of dental problems, so that minimal treatments will be needed.
Routine Dentistry Treatments and Procedures
There are a number of routine dentistry treatments and procedures designed to monitor and maintain optimal dental health conditions; these treatments and procedures also ensure that any dental problems that may be in the process of developing can be detected in their earliest stages – so they can also be dealt with using minimal dental treatments.
• Dental Check-Up – During the first part of a dental check-up, medical history forms will be given to patients to be filled up, so that any dental treatments and procedures that need to be done will have the patient’s specific dental condition in mind. After filling out the necessary paperwork, the dentist will then perform an oral examination on the patient, and will also provide the patient with information on how to properly maintain good dental health.
• Dental Scale and Polish – Dental scaling and polishing are dental hygiene treatments used to prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar. A dental hygienist will usually be the one to oversee the dental scaling and polishing treatments, which will result in whiter teeth, gum disease prevention and fresher breath.
• Dental Crowns and Bridges – A dental crown is used to address the problem of a tooth that has been damaged due to tooth decay or accidents; it completely covers the tooth and protects it from further damage. Dental bridges, on the other hand, serve as a replacement for missing teeth by placing a replacement tooth (or teeth) to the gap formed by a missing tooth (or teeth); the bridges are anchored to natural teeth on both sides of the gap.
• Wisdom Teeth Extractions – The extraction of wisdom teeth (or third molars) is needed in cases when there is not enough room for the teeth (or tooth) to fully erupt from under the gum line. When there is not enough room for the wisdom tooth to grow out of the gum line in a straight manner, it erupts in an abnormal manner – and becomes impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth may lead to pain and swelling, and can even become infected – which is the reason for the need for extraction.
• Dentures Supported by Mini Dental Implants – Missing teeth can be replaced with dentures – and the dentures can have an even better form and function when they are secured firmly in place with mini dental implants. Mini dental implants are cost-efficient and do not involve the long waiting time that traditional dental implants have.
• Orthodontic Braces – Orthodontic braces are used to straighten crooked or uneven teeth. Those who want to have their teeth straightened in a discreet way can opt for the Invisalign® invisible braces, which is composed of a series of aligners that are comfortable, removable – and totally invisible.
• Conscious Sedation – Conscious sedation is a safe and effective way of helping nervous patients as they undergo the dental treatments they need. Patients can then look forward to undergoing the dental treatments and procedures they need without having to succumb to panic attacks because of dental phobia issues.