The Smile Center

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Preventative Services

Complete Oral Evaluation

The complete oral examination is a “physical” from the neck up. This exam includes oral cancer, soft tissue, and extensive gum evaluations. We also evaluate the teeth for decay and failing restorations as well as check TMJ and bite functions. From this information we can give you the necessary information for making an informed decision about any oral health needs.

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Dental Hygiene Services

It’s not “just a cleaning” anymore. Our hygienists with the Smile Center are dedicated to providing patients with complete preventive care. Hygiene services include oral cancer screenings, gum evaluations, the removal of deposits from the teeth as well as polishing. The hygienists are trained to take various x-rays, instruct and customize your self-care techniques and inform you of the ideal treatments for your mouth.

Our hygienists are focused on helping our patients save their teeth through the prevention of decay and management of periodontal disease.

Our friendly support staff will schedule and confirm your appointment and periodically remind you when it is time to schedule your next appointment.

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Prevention is an important part of dental care. We can fight cavities before they start by applying dental sealants. A dental sealant is a resin material applied to the pits and grooves on the tooth surface. On these teeth, the depressions and grooves are so narrow and deep that the bristles of a toothbrush can’t reach into them, allowing places for plaque and food to hide. The sealant bonds into the depressions and grooves and acts as a barrier protecting the enamel.

Patients of all ages can benefit from dental sealants. While children and teenagers are obvious candidates, adults can also be at risk for tooth decay. Sealants usually last for many years before a reapplication is needed, and as long as the sealant stays intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay.

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Periodic Exam

This is the examination of the mouth that insurance has trained us to think should only be done every six months. The importance of this examination is to find any changes in our mouths when it is a small change and not a big change.

The frequency of this examination should be based on past dental history and the current medical conditions of our bodies. Certain diseases of the body and medications change the conditions in our mouths making some patients more prone to Periodontal Disease and/or decay.

At the Smile Center we base the frequency of the Periodic Exam on the conditions of our patients’ mouths and health history. We always include an oral cancer screening, periodontal disease risk screening, evaluate for decay (cavities) and failing fillings.

Our goal is provide our patients with excellent preventive dentistry.

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Bite Guards

A bite guard (occlusal guard) is a horseshoe shaped piece of clear acrylic which is worn over the teeth to protect them against damage caused by clenching or grinding (bruxism). It works by creating a physical barrier between your upper and lower teeth so that you bite against the plastic rather than wearing down or cracking your teeth.

We make many types of bite guards. The selection of styles depends on the intensity and duration of the tooth grinding habit and comfort to the patient. They also help to protect and stabilize your jaw joint.

We will work with you to custom fit the appliance and monitor you and your guard at your hygiene visit. Many people sleep better when wearing their guard at night.

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Contact us today for an appointment or emergency dental care!