The best way to treat dental problems is to prevent them. Your personalized "check up" interval, which is usually six months, depending on your dental health, helps your dentist to protect you from problems before they become more serious.
Routine cleanings & examinations
Routine cleanings and examinations are the best defense against dental disease. Dr Pilgrim checks his patients for dental decay and periodontal (gum) disease, and also examine for any signs of oral cancer.
Scaling & root planing
Scaling and root planing are non-surgical procedures in which the hygienist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the pockets. Bacterial toxins irritate the gums, and plaque and the rough surfaces of tartar are a breeding ground for bacteria.
This is used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don't want that. So the dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
Preventative services and products available in our office include:
- Routine cleanings
- Comprehensive and routine oral examinations
- Oral cancer screening
- Routine periodontal charting
- Dental sealants
- Fluoride treatments
- (low exposure) Radiographs
- Toothbrushes, floss and an almost infinite variety of hygiene aids to meet your specific needs.
- Night guards
- Athletic mouth guards
Prevention is the best treatment! A thorough Periodontal Examination is part of our New Patient Examination Experience, so that we may continually monitor you for even the earliest signs of disease. At each preventive care check-up, we’ll review, update and reevaluate your periodontal health records.
Our dental hygienists have years of experience and ongoing education – they are gentle, thorough treatment providers and educators. We are pleased that patients look forward to coming to see us and having their teeth cleaned.
Dr Pilgrim ensures the entire staff is trained in promoting and demonstrating proper home care habits, as well as promoting a balanced diet low in sugars that promotes not only healthy smiles, but healthy lifestyles.
Call our office to learn more about dentistry services. Call for an appointment today!