Our full scope of preventive dentistry covers all aspects of disease prevention. At dental checkups, we will examine your mouth, gums, jaw joints, head, and neck, as well as existing dental work. A regular dental cleaning entails removing plaque and calcified tartar from between the teeth and at the gum line. Most patients need checkups and cleanings every six months, though three-month visits are recommended for some. In addition, we can teach you how to optimize your dental care at home.
Gum disease afflicts about half of the U.S. population, and it has been linked to severe health complications, ranging from stroke and heart attack to diabetes complications and Alzheimer’s disease. It is also the main cause of tooth loss for adults. To treat this invasive and chronic infection of the periodontal tissues, Dr. Marin and our team perform non-surgical gum treatments. We will also design a treatment plan that deters the condition from returning in the future.
What to Expect
- Review your medical history to identify any factors that could be contributing to your symptoms, such as smoking or taking certain medications that cause dry mouth.
- Examine your mouth to look for plaque and tartar buildup and check for easy bleeding.
- Measure the pocket depth of the groove between your gums and teeth by placing a dental probe beside your tooth beneath your gumline, usually at several sites throughout your mouth.
- Take dental X-rays to check for bone loss in areas where your dentist observes deeper pocket depths.
Did you know that only one percent of humans avoid developing a cavity during their lifetime? It’s true!
Left untreated, areas of decay will worsen and can ultimately cause tooth loss or a painful internal infection. To restore a decayed tooth, we can place tooth-colored, metal-free, composite resin dental fillings. We also offer amalgam fillings, which are more likely to be covered by insurance when placed in the back teeth. A filling requires just one visit to complete the entire procedure. In many cases, Dr. Marin can also replace your existing amalgam fillings with composite resin.
Dr. Marin has performed a large number of extractions, including the removal of impacted teeth. While our primary goal is to save your natural teeth, in some cases, extraction is necessary. For instance, we sometimes extract teeth in preparation for orthodontics to correct crowding. Extraction is often a prerequisite for full dentures when only a few teeth remain in the mouth. Third molars, or wisdom teeth, can be removed as a preventive measure before they erupt, or in adulthood, when they are fully developed.