Preventive dentistry is an area of dental practice focused on enhancing dental health by preventing dental decay and gum disease. Working with a skilled and personable dentist can help you stay on top of your dental health needs, which can, in turn, prevent or reduce the need for restorative treatment.
Far too many people only see a dentist once a painful dental problem arises. This approach fails to take advantage of all that preventive dentistry has to offer and can end up costing you more in the long run as compared to scheduling routine dental exams and professional cleanings.
Routine dental exams are the setting at which you receive preventive dentistry services. These visits begin with a discussion of any concerns you have about your teeth, gums, or other oral tissues. Be sure to bring up any changes you’ve noticed since your last visit.
A dental exam follows, allowing Dr. Bubernak the opportunity to check your teeth and gums for signs of decay or disease. X-rays or other imaging may be needed to gain a deeper understanding of your teeth and bone health.
A professional dental cleaning is also part of the process. Special tools are used to remove all traces of plaque and tartar from your teeth. The sleek, smooth feeling that comes with professional teeth cleaning is many people’s favorite part of dental exams.
Most people benefit from coming in for routine dental exams twice a year. This timing ensures that any dental decay or gum disease does not have time to progress to dangerous levels in between exams.
When dental issues are detected during your dental exam, Dr. Bubernak can provide prompt treatment to restore a healthy tooth structure or improve your gum health. This usually means less tooth tissue needs to be removed for fillings and that fillings can restore a healthy tooth structure without the need for crowns or other restorative treatments.
Gum disease can often be reversed if it’s caught in the early stage. If you learn you have gingivitis, Dr. Bubernak can advise you on how you can boost your brushing and flossing habits to restore healthy gum tissue.
If you’re ready to get started, call the office to schedule a visit. Online booking is also an option and can be done from the comfort of home, any time of day or night.