The best way to keep your smile healthy is through preventative dental care.
Daily dental hygiene practices play a big part in your preventative care. We strongly recommend that you brush and floss every day, as well as schedule regular dental checkups. This stops dental diseases in the early and can help you save money on expensive restorative care down the road.
Need some tips on preventative dental care at home? Our staff is happy to show you and your family the proper way to brush, floss, and share helpful educational materials with you on a variety of topics.
Your preventative care depends upon regular dental checkups. Each of these visits helps us help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. The same goes for your every member of your family.
Bring your spouse and children as young as four years old for treatment. Each of these regular visits allow us to check for problems you might not see or feel, detect early signs of tooth decay and treat oral health problems early.
Our 45-minute checkup gives you complete dental care.
We start with a thorough oral exam. Our staff checks your mouth, teeth, cheeks, gums, and tongue. We also check each of your fillings and restorations for chips and cracks. If we find signs of wear and tear, we discuss these issues with you and recommend treatment options.
During your exam, we also check your teeth for plaque and tartar. This is an important part our preventative care process. Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria that gathers upon the teeth. If you don't remove plaque, it will harden into tartar and cause yellow teeth, bad breath, and, over time, long-term health issues. Tartar cannot be removed through brushing, flossing, or other at-home methods. We encourage you to brush and floss every day to reduce tartar build-up, and leave the removal of tartar to us during your regular check-ups.
Your cleaning procedure will consist of a few steps. First, we use the latest tools and techniques to remove plaque and tartar build-up. This helps you prevent cavities and oral diseases. Next, we thoroughly clean and polish your teeth to remove surface stains. Finally, a member of our staff flosses your teeth to complete your cleaning process.
If you have a cavity, or a hole in your tooth, a simple dental filling can resolve the issue.
If left untreated, cavities can grow larger and deeper over time. Bacteria in your mouth excrete acids that cause cavities and continue to damage your teeth. Dental fillings, quite literally, fill the holes created by bacteria, stopping unnecessary damage and pain.
Choose between these options:
We'll discuss the advantages of both types of dental filling options with you during your appointment and help you make the best decision for your overall health.
There's no reason to fear a dental filling procedure at the offices of Dr. Shawn Thompson, DDS. Our pain management options and gentle techniques reduce or eliminate the discomfort caused by a filling procedure. We offer:
Our knowledgeable staff will discuss these options with you ahead of your appointment so you can make the most comfortable, informed choice for you. Our mission is to provide you with high-quality, personalized care and an outstanding office experience.
We know you've heard it before, but we can't stress enough the importance of brushing and flossing daily. It is the only way to decrease the risk of cavities and dental diseases. We recommend the following as a minimum: