Taking care of your mouth is essential. Regular brushing and flossing are integral components of maintaining a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. This goes for every member of your family, from infants to seniors. In addition to oral care at home, professional oral care is also important. At Smiles of Tulsa, we can provide the specialized care every member of your family needs, helping everyone to maintain optimal oral health and gorgeous smiles.
Cleanings and exams are important for everyone. The American Dental Association recommends that you have professional cleanings and exams once every six months. With cleanings, we can eliminate buildup from all surfaces of your teeth. In addition to eliminating plaque and bacteria, we are also able to remove stubborn tartar or calcified plaque that cannot be removed by regular brushing. We are even able to clean the surfaces of your teeth that you may have trouble cleaning on your own.
Dental exams are generally performed in the same appointment as your cleanings. Exams are critical for detecting the presence of oral health issues before symptoms begin to appear. We can detect a wide array of different issues, including chips, cracks, decay, and gum disease. By spotting the earliest warning signs, we can provide you with effective treatment that prevents more serious complications from arising later.
Sealants are a preventative treatment commonly associated with children but can be beneficial for patients of all ages. Sealants are a treatment that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars. These surfaces have deep grooves that can easily trap bacteria and food particles and can be incredibly difficult to keep clean. By covering over the grooves, sealants help to prevent food and bacteria from getting trapped, more effectively helping you to prevent the formation of cavities and decay.
A cavity forms as a result of tooth decay. It is a small pit that forms on the surface of a tooth. Without treatment, a cavity can continue to grow larger and deeper, compromising the structural integrity and health of the affected tooth. A filling is a treatment designed to stop the progression of a cavity, restoring the health of your mouth. Fillings are either amalgam or composite resin. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages. Depending upon your needs, we can help to determine the best type of filling to meet your needs.
Your teeth perform many important tasks every single day. Because they are so important, we do everything we can to save them when they have been affected by issues such as physical damage, decay, and infections. However, if the damage is too severe, the affected tooth may not be salvageable. Instead, the best solution is to extract, or remove, the tooth and replace it. For young children who require the extraction of a baby tooth before it is ready to come out on its own, a space maintainer may be provided to help hold the empty space until the adult tooth is ready to come in.
We can provide every member of your family with the specialized care that you need to maintain healthy, beautiful smiles. We may provide you with additional options for tooth decay like inlays and onlays. For more information, and to schedule an appointment for your family, call Smiles of Tulsa at (918) 891-3059 today.