Many of the most common dental issues, including tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease, can easily be prevented with consistent oral homecare as well as regular visits to your dentist in Reno. Using the services listed below, the team at Summit Boulevard Dental can give you and the rest of your family the kind of beautiful, problem-free smiles that you never have to worry about. With every appointment, you’ll leave with peace of mind! To come see us so we can start safeguarding your smile, contact us today.
A “checkup” is basically an oral exam where your dentist will look at your teeth, gums, bite, jaw, and existing dental work to see if they can spot any issues. Getting checkups regularly allows our team to catch problems in their earliest stages and treat them conservatively.
And with a cleaning, one of our hygienists will expertly remove any plaque and tartar deposits on your teeth in addition to breaking up minor surface stains to keep your smile nice and white!
As part of every regular checkup, your dentist will also perform a thorough oral cancer screening. Early detection is the key to successfully treating the disease, and we want to make sure our patients are never caught off guard. Your dentist will examine your lips, gums, cheeks, the roof/floor of the mouth, tongue, throat, neck, and face for any signs of cancerous tissues. Should they find anything, they can quickly organize for you to get the follow-up treatment you need.
When it comes to your oral health, the condition of your gums is just as important as your teeth! Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is a very common bacterial infection that causes red, swollen, and bleeding gums, and it can eventually lead to tooth loss! We’ll screen your gums whenever you come to see us, and if we spot a problem, we’ll be able to take care of it using a cleaning specially designed for the gums called scaling and root planing.
We just love seeing children smile, and in order to keep your little one’s teeth and gums healthy as they grow, we advise that you start bringing them in for regular preventive appointments around the age of three or four. We have treatments specifically designed to meet a child’s unique dental needs, and as parents ourselves, our team knows just how to keep our younger patients comfortable at every appointment.
Applied to the teeth as a liquid, dental sealants quickly harden into an invisible barrier that cavity-causing food particles, plaque, and bacteria cannot cross. We often place them on children’s back teeth, as they are very susceptible to developing cavities, but they are also very useful for adults who are prone to decay. They only take a few minutes to apply, and afterward, they can be trusted to provide round-the-clock protection for about 10 years.
Regular fluoride exposure is absolutely essential to helping a child develop a healthy set of teeth, and it’s also great for adults when it comes to preventing both decay and cavities. That’s why, at your family’s regular checkups, we’ll always include a topical fluoride treatment. Applied directly to the teeth, a mineral-rich solution will help restore the enamel that has been lost due to the acids and bacteria typically present in the mouth, keeping cavities at a safe distance.
Do your teeth look like they’ve been worn down, or do you consistently wake up with a sore jaw or headache? If so, you could be suffering from bruxism, a condition where a person clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth while they sleep. Over time, this can severely wear down the teeth to the point that they actually break, but we can help patients overcome this sneaky problem with something called a nightguard. It is a small, custom-made mouthpiece that places a physical barrier between the teeth. All a patient has to do is wear it to bed each night to keep their smile safe.