It's possible to break the link that makes gum disease a factor in other body health issues. At Sheron Dental, we want all our patients to have outstanding health. Allow us to treat your existing gum disease or teach you how to prevent it from ever taking up residence in your mouth. We can help you acquire and maintain healthy teeth and gums, while paying meticulous attention to all your needs so you look your best and have optimum health.
Setting up a routine to have your teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist is one of the best ways to improve your overall health. Plaque is sticky! Even with thorough brushing, some of it will cling in the grooves and pockets of your teeth and gums. If it's permitted to stay, plaque solidifies into tartar, which is beyond the ability of using your typical toothbrush and floss for removal. Tartar builds below your gum line as well as on the enamel of your teeth, creating a serious threat that invites decay and even gum disease to inhabit your mouth. Recent research shows a clear link between untreated gum disease and other life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Which means having your teeth cleaned is one of the most important reasons to visit your dentist!
Missing teeth are a detriment to maintaining your optimum health. A root canal can avoid the necessity of an extraction, saving teeth with roots that have been injured or infected. A root canal is a procedure that rehabilitates a tooth by clearing out the pulp chamber and packing the void with filling material. This is often needed when dental decay impacts the nerve of a tooth (or the tooth has become infected). At that point, you require more than a simple filling to act as a repair. Our dentists are skilled in advanced root canal therapy. We use modern anesthetics and technology, making a root canal a manageable form of treatment.
By the numbers, oral cancer steals one American life every hour! For the last 40 years, this mortality rate hasn't altered. This is especially distressing, because with early detection there is a 90% cure rate. That's why we perform a visual screening for oral cancer at every six-month checkup and cleaning. If the doctor or hygienist sees anything that indicates a need for concern, they'll refer you to an oral surgeon. This screening could save your life!
The silver-mercury amalgam has been, for many years, the standard filling material used in dental practices. They are affordable and effective, and insurance covers them in most situations. Our practice also offers natural-looking, state-of-the-art restorations that match the color of your teeth, contain no metals, and require less preparation to the tooth. The biggest reason many of our patients choose the white bonded fillings has to do with the way they look – nearly invisible, compared to the metal filling. We are proud to offer both options, and will be happy to discuss which is best for you.
If it's time for your next cleaning, or if you're ready to schedule a no-cost/no-obligation consultation for adult dentistry in Vancouver, WA, call us now at 360-573-8181.