At Great Grins Dental, we are firm believers that prevention is the best medicine. It is our responsibility to provide regular dental cleanings and checkups as part of your general dental care to keep your teeth and gums healthy and your smile looking its best.
Typically performed every 6 months, dental cleanings are the key to good oral health. Even for those who brush and floss regularly, cleanings are recommended to thoroughly clean between the teeth and ensure that there are no unhealthy conditions present.
Oral Cancer Screenings
At every appointment, Dr. Fossum will perform an oral cancer screening to be sure that your head and neck are looking and feeling normal. If you ever spot or feel something new in your mouth, feel free to call and we would be happy to give you a complimentary oral cancer screening.
Typically placed in children ages 6-12, dental sealants are used to protect the deep grooves of your adult molars. It is a preventative technique that involves no drilling.
For those that clench and/or grind, a nightguard is recommended to help prevent damage to the teeth and jaw. A nightguard is made of hard and soft acrylic and is to be worn every night. For those patients experiencing temporomandibular disorder (TMD) symptoms such as pain in the joint or clicking and popping, a consult is recommended to see if there is a more beneficial treatment available to aid in discomfort.
Scaling and Root Planing
Also known as a "deep cleaning", scaling and root planing is done to help treat periodontal disease. You will be numbed up during this procedure and it will be done in two visits; one visit per side. Your gums will be re-evaluated to decide how frequently you need to return for periodontal maintenance in order to maintain the best periodontal health you can be in.