Scientific research has revealed that a link exists between oral health and systemic health, and evidence suggests that keeping your teeth and gums healthy can benefit heart health and overall health.
We offer a variety of general dental services to correct problems ranging from tooth decay and cracked teeth to mild gum disease. However, if you maintain a good preventive treatment regimen, you can increase your chances of avoiding many of our general dental treatments.
Fillings We repair cavities in teeth by using tooth-colored materials that blend with the shade of your natural teeth. We begin by numbing the area and removing the decayed enamel and then fill the area with a material that is suitable according to the chewing force that the tooth encounters.
Crowns Teeth that are significantly damaged by decay or trauma sometimes require a crown rather than a filling. A crown serves as a cap that restores shape and proper chewing function to the tooth. Crowns typically are fabricated from porcelain and are matched to the shade of your neighboring teeth.
Gum disease treatment Periodontal disease does not go away on its own. In fact, it progresses and ultimately can cause you to lose your teeth. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you may benefit from our non-surgical gum disease therapy designed to halt the spread of gum disease, alleviate discomfort, and improve your gum health.
Prevention vs. Cure
Although general dental treatments often are necessary, you can decrease your need for them by maintaining a good preventive treatment regimen.
Help promote healthy gums and prevent tooth decay by scheduling dental exams and professional teeth cleaning appointments at least twice annually. If you have gum disease, you may benefit from cleanings three to four times per year.
Following are preventive treatments offered at Boerne Family Dentistry:
Routine dental cleaning You may have the healthiest home care routine you can imagine, but you still need to have your teeth professionally cleaned by a registered dental hygienist periodically to remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. Routine dental cleanings also provide an opportunity for the hygienist to examine your teeth for signs of decay and other potential problems.
X-rays Digital dental X-rays are useful diagnostic tools in identifying potential issues that cannot be seen with the naked eye, such as bone loss and tooth decay. Digital X-rays expose patients to low radiation levels – far less than conventional X-rays. They also allow for instant images to be projected onto a computer screen so the dentist can thoroughly explain to the patient any areas of concern.
Dental sealants These thin plastic coatings typically are applied to the biting surfaces of children’s molars to protect against cavities. Sometimes we may recommend them for adults, too. Sealants prevent food particles from settling in the grooves of the molars. We inspect the sealants at each check-up to ensure they remain intact. They can be replaced if necessary.
Fluoride A powerful weapon in the fight against tooth decay, fluoride treatments are suitable for children and adults. Fluoride helps make teeth more resistant to demineralization processes that can leave them vulnerable to decay.
Mouth guards Mouth guards should be considered as important as any other piece of sports safety equipment, whether it’s football pads or soccer shin guards. Protect your teeth from injury by having a custom mouth guard fabricated uniquely for you. A properly fitting mouth guard can be worn comfortably and will allow you to breathe easily.