Sinking Spring Family Dental has designed their practice for people like you, so that you and your family can get state-of-the-art care from an office that cares. We always welcome new patients, so feel free to call our office to make an appointment or just to introduce yourself. We are proud to offer the services listed below.
Dental x-rays provide our dentists with a look at what’s going on under the gum line. The information provided by these x-rays is used to detect any abnormalities that aren’t visible during an exam or cleaning. Without these x- rays, our dentists would not have a complete picture of your mouth, and many issues could possibly go undetected for a long period of time.
Dental x-rays often reveal:
- Abscesses or cysts
- Bone loss
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
- Decay between the teeth
- Developmental abnormalities
- Poor tooth and root positions
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
X-rays help our dentists detect these dental problems at their earliest stages, which saves you time, money and pain in the long run!
Regular dental exams are a crucial part of preventative dentistry. They allow our dentists to address dental problems in their early stages, and to identify serious problems. Most patients need an exam every six months, but we may recommend more frequent visits depending on your oral health. During an exam, we will make a visual inspection of the inside of your mouth. We may utilize instruments like a long handled mirror and a dental explorer. If all looks well, your gums will be firm and pink, and your teeth won’t have any soft, rough or discolored surfaces. Your dentist will suggest treatment for any signs of decay or other problems, and make notes on any conditions that require observation on the next visit.
Regular dental cleanings by our dental hygienists are an important part of a proper oral hygiene program. Cleanings help fight plaque, the major cause of tooth decay, gingivitis and serious gum disease. One of our Registered Dental Hygienists will perform a professional dental cleaning (dental prophylaxis) during your exam.
A regular cleaning will involve:
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus comes from plaque build up that has hardened around the tooth. It forms both above and below the gum line, making the use of special dental instruments necessary to remove it from around the teeth.
- Removal of plaque: A sticky, almost invisible film, plaque is actually made up of living bacteria, food debris and saliva. When it forms on the teeth, the bacteria produces poisons that infect the gums, causing them to inflame. This inflammation is one of the first signs of periodontal disease.
- Teeth polishing: Through teeth polishing, your hygienist can remove stains and plaque that did not come off during the rest of the cleaning.
Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine at home goes a long way in achieving a great smile. A healthy diet, along with brushing and flossing your teeth daily will all help reduce your chances of dental disease.
Scaling is a deep-cleaning procedure your dentist or a hygienist will employ to scrape the tartar off your teeth at and below the gumline. It is important to remove tartar because tartar makes your teeth more susceptible to tooth decay. Tartar causes gingivitis and inflammation of the gums. Scaling is the process of actually scraping the teeth with a dental instrument, or the use of an ultrasonic machine that aids in the process. The scaling is usually followed by a process called planing, which smoothes away any roughness from the surface of the tooth. After scaling and planing, teeth will be more resistant to plaque, and gums will have the chance to return to their normal pink, healthy state.
The molars and premolars are the teeth toward the back of the mouth, generally used for chewing, and have pits and fissures that can be difficult to clean. If plaque is not properly removed, it can result in tooth decay. Sealants are a layer of composite plastic that can be applied to your teeth to fill these pits and fissures to keep out the plaque. Sealants are like a suit of armor for your teeth! While often used for children, they are also beneficial for any adults who are struggling with tooth decay.
If you are new to the area, or in search of a new dentist for you and your loved ones, call Sinking Spring Family Dental to schedule an appointment today!