Preventive Dental Treatments
PREVENTIVE DENTAL TREATMENTS
We believe that with simple preventive treatments a lot of dental issues can be avoided. These treatments can assist in maintaining the health of your teeth, strengthening your teeth, improving oral hygiene, and offering long-term benefits as well.
We offer various preventive dental treatments like cleaning (scaling) of teeth, fluoride varnish application, pit and fissure sealants, and night guards to safeguard the health of your teeth.
CLEANING (SCALING) OF TEETH
Professional cleaning or scaling of teeth is a simple but skilled procedure that offers numerous benefits. Scaling helps to remove plaque, calculus, and surface stains from the teeth thus making the teeth and gums healthier.
Plaque or calculus accumulated on the teeth can lead to demineralization of teeth, resulting in cavities. It can also lead to inflamed or swollen gums which bleed easily and to pocket formation in the gums. If this condition is ignored and allowed to progress it may lead to the formation of gaps between teeth, loose teeth, and bone recession.
Scaling also makes the teeth look brighter as clean teeth reflect light better. We offer gentle ultrasonic scaling of teeth, which is an extremely comfortable procedure.
FLUORIDE VARNISH APPLICATION
A High concentration fluoride varnish applied to the tooth surface can prevent tooth decay, remineralize the tooth surface, and treat hypersensitivity of teeth.
Fluoride varnish is shown to reduce the number of cariogenic (cavity causing) bacteria in the mouth by over tenfold. It can be applied to the enamel, dentin as well as root surfaces of the teeth. Due to its adherent nature, it is able to stay in contact with the tooth surface for several hours.
Most varnishes contain sodium fluoride and few others may release varying amounts of calcium, inorganic phosphate, and fluoride ions. Varnishes can be safely applied to milk teeth as well thus protecting the baby teeth against cavities.
NIGHT GUARDS AND MOUTH GUARDS
A Night guard is a protective guard worn on the upper or lower teeth generally while sleeping or during exercise. It is advised in patients who show signs of bruxism (grinding of teeth) where it provides a cushion between the upper and lower teeth surfaces thus preventing attrition (wearing down) of teeth and protecting their temporomandibular or jaw joint.
Night guards are custom-made with an accurate impression of your teeth and can be soft or rigid with varying degrees of thickness. They are sometimes also given to protect restorations and crowns in patients who have a night grinding habit. Patients who have frequent headaches due to teeth grinding habit also benefit from these night guards.
Mouth guards are protective plastic guards that fit over the upper and lower teeth and gums. They prevent injury to the teeth, lips, and gums during contact sports.