Lakewood Family Dentistry provides our patients with outstanding general dentistry services. We are here for your professional cleanings, x-rays and general dental needs. We can supply your family with mouth guards and night guards or protect your children’s teeth with dental sealants. Our dental team broadens your level of care by providing oral cancer screenings with each examination at the cleaning/ recall visits. Our goal is to protect your teeth and your overall oral health.
Our dentists and hygienists will recommend how often to have routine professional cleanings and checkups. Most patients should see us for a professional cleaning once or twice a year. During your appointment, our dental hygienist will perform your professional cleaning by removing plaque and tartar deposits from your teeth and help you by providing information on home care. We will examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems.
Lakewood Family Dentistry likes to keep current x-rays of your teeth to better monitor the condition of your teeth and bones in an attempt to reduce the chances of future problems. Our comprehensive exams utilize dental x-rays that are taken with a protective shield with a thyroid collar. We will meticuluously examine each tooth, your soft tissue and gum condition and provide you with an assessment of your dental condition along with options of treatment available in our office.
Dental sealants are usually placed on the chewing (occlusal) surface of the permanent back molars and premolars, to help protect them from tooth decay. A dental sealant is a white, plastic material. The sealant bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of teeth and protects them from tooth decay.
Mouth guards not only protect your teeth from harm but they also protect your lips, tongue and cheeks. Under Armour cites an additional advantage of wearing their mouth guards is that it will reduce jaw clenching which is common during intense competition. Some studies have found up to 17% increase in performance with the use of a mouthguard.
Night Guards protect your teeth as they provide an even and smooth surface for the opposing teeth to rest against reducing movement and eliminating tooth on tooth grinding. Night guards are constructed of acrylic and are created from a dental impression during a visit with our dentist. Read more about mouth guards and night guards here.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral Cancer is defined as the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissue. Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. Oral cancer includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and throat. One of the many benefits of annual to semi-annual dental care is the oral cancer screening performed by your caring Lakewood Family Dentist. Early detection of periodontal disease can save your smile; early detection through oral cancer screening can save your life.
For any other questions regarding our general dentistry services, please contact us or call us at (303) 237-4831.