Preventive dentistry is all about making sure your family’s dental health is properly attended to. The goal is to prevent oral health problems—stopping future issues from arising at all. This saves you and your family members from pain and financial loss. For example, sealants are one method of preventive dentistry. They are a layer of long-lasting special plastic that can prevent decay.
Part of preventive dentistry is also about adopting healthy habits: brushing your teeth properly, using the right toothbrush, flossing, maintaining healthy eating habits and more. Our expert staff can talk to you about simple ways you can avoid extra trips to the dentist.
Furthermore, we’re a family-friendly practice and can help your children avoid oral health problems as adults with preventative treatment. With routine checkups, you and your family are guaranteed a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Checkups & Cleanings
Every oral health plan should start with thorough at-home care and checkups with a dental practice at least two times annually. Dental checkups at East Hamilton Dental include the collection of diagnostic information, examination and screening for common oral health issues, professional teeth cleanings, and a face to face consultation with the dentist who will answer questions and partner with patients to develop their personalized treatment plan. The goal of these six month appointments at our Chattanooga dentistry practice is to prevent major oral health issues whenever possible, and diagnose and treat non-preventable conditions in their earliest stages. Our team will take the time to get to know each patient and his or her smile goals, and work to provide preventive dental care that keeps their smiles whole and healthy for life.
TMJ & Bruxism Therapy
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction and bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) may have different causes, but in many cases, the treatment is the same. Custom crafted oral appliances known as nightguards provide relief from TMJ pain and protect teeth from the potential damage of unconscious teeth grinding and clenching, during sleep. These nightguards position the jaw in its ideal location for comfort reducing unconscious jaw motion which may strain the TMJ leading to dysfunction, and they create a physical barrier between teeth to protect smiles from damage or wear.
Gum Disease Treatment
When it comes to periodontal (gum) disease, patients have a lot of questions, and the East Hamilton Dental team is happy to answer them. Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive include:
What is periodontal disease? Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar buildup at the gum line causes soft tissue to become irritated, infected, or be destroyed. As the soft tissue and supportive alveolar bone are destroyed by gum disease, patients may experience tooth loss, bite misalignment, and other oral health issues.
How do I know if I have gum disease? In the early stages, gingivitis, many patients don’t notice any difference in their smiles, but typically, there is mild bleeding while flossing and brushing and discoloration of the gums. As the disease advances into periodontitis, the more severe form, symptoms become more pronounced and include swollen gums, soft tissue recession, bleeding gums, loose teeth, and chronic bad breath (halitosis)
What is the treatment for gum disease? Damage caused by gingivitis can frequently be treated with more frequent professional cleanings and improved at-home care. Periodontitis is more difficult to treat. We usually start with an in-depth cleaning procedure, scaling and root planing. Scaling is the removal of plaque, tartar, and infected gum tissue, and root planing is the smoothing of tooth roots to prevent future buildup of plaque and tartar. Following this procedure, we reattach gum tissue, and provide patients with topical antibiotics and professional toothpastes and mouth rinses to promote healing and restore oral health.
We are happy to treat whole families in our office. From the eruption of the first tooth to the last, our team is here to help patients keep their smiles whole and healthy for life. Our team is happy to schedule a block of appointments for every member of your family on the same day for maximal convenience.
Children have a unique set of oral health and behavioral treatment needs, and Drs. Myers and Perry and the East Hamilton Dental team have years of experience working with young patients to keep their smiles healthy. These early appointments ensure kids develop strong teeth, learn how to keep their smiles healthy, and create positive associations with dentistry for a lifetime of optimal oral health.