The old saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is also true for your smile! The American Dental Association® recommends visiting the dentist regularly for teeth cleanings, periodontal (gum) maintenance and a complete examination with necessary x-rays to help prevent dental disease and infection.
Our preventive and diagnostic services also include:
Dental sealants are a great way to help your child avoid cavities in young permanent teeth; the best part is they do not require any drilling or anesthetic! Dental sealants are hard plastic coatings that are painted on the teeth to help make them more resistant to decay-causing bacteria.
Oral Cancer Screening
The rate of oral cancer in the U.S. is increasing at an alarming pace. At regular examination visits, your dentist will perform an oral cancer screening to look for any areas of concern that should be monitored. Early detection is the key to successful treatment.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Did you know that 75% of adult tooth loss is due to periodontal disease? (perio.org) Periodontal disease is a non-painful infection of the gum tissue that can progress into the underlying bone; left untreated it will eventually cause teeth to become loose and fall out. Your dentist and hygienist will measure your gums and review dental x-rays to provide you with a periodontal health assessment at routine preventive care visits. Non-surgical treatment is available if periodontal disease is diagnosed in the early stages.
Improving Your Smile and Your Health
If you have broken-down fillings or cracked, worn or sensitive teeth, a thorough dental examination is the first step to taking control of your oral health. Dr. Lucas will talk with you about your situation and offer recommendations to meet your needs. Restorative services, such as fillings, crowns, root canals, dentures, bridges and dental implants are options that may be considered to get your smile healthy again.
If you are interested in enhancing the appearance of your smile, cosmetic dental treatments such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers or a smile makeover with porcelain crowns offer creative solutions to design the smile you've always wanted.
Your Family's Oral Health
If you have questions about your dental health or want to learn more about preventive dentistry for your family, please contact the friendly team at East Alabama Family Dentistry. We can talk with you about your needs and schedule preventive visits to help you stay on track.