Clarksville Maryland Family Dental Office
Here at Clarksville Crossing Dental we specialize in all aspects of general dentistry for the entire family. A healthy, strong smile requires regular maintenance, and that's why we recommend a comprehensive dental checkup in our office every six months for every member of the family.
At each of these appointments, our team will examine your teeth, gums, occlusion (how upper and lower teeth fit together) and any of your existing dental work. At this checkup, you’ll also have your teeth cleaned by our dental hygienist. She’ll remove the plaque and tartar buildup that causes bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. Then she’ll polish your teeth to a silky smooth and shiny finish.
General Dentistry and Periodontal Disease
As we examine your teeth and gums, we are specifically looking for signs of tooth decay or damage and periodontal disease. Of course, if we find evidence of either of these dental problems, we will discuss with you the appropriate treatment. In the case of tooth decay, for example, we will repair the tooth with a tooth-colored filling that is made of composite resin. Not only does this material match the color of your existing teeth, it is also strong and preserves more of the natural structure of your tooth than old-fashioned amalgam fillings.
Throughout the dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will:
- Evaluate your overall health and oral hygiene
- Evaluate your risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease
- Evaluate your need for tooth restoration or tooth replacement
- Check your bite and jaw for problems
- Remove any stains or deposits on your teeth
- Demonstrate proper cleaning techniques for your teeth or dentures
- Assess your need for fluoride
- Take dental X-rays or, if necessary, do other diagnostic procedures
In the case of periodontal disease, more commonly called gum disease, we offer a number of non-surgical treatments to help arrest the advance of this bacterial infection that is not only the leading cause of tooth loss among adult Americans, but may also be a contributing factor in bodily diseases and ailments including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, premature delivery and low birth weight infants and even Alzheimer’s disease. Our gum disease treatments include:
• Scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar and smooth teeth roots
• Topical antibiotic treatment to fight bacterial infection
• Laser therapy to eliminate bacteria and encourage healthy gum growth
Other Preventive General Dentistry Services
Your dental checkup is not only the time for us to monitor your oral health, this is also the time for you to mention any bothersome symptoms you’re having. For example, be sure to speak up if any of your teeth are giving you pain, or if you notice an increased sensitivity to heat or cold as this may be indicative of a serious condition, such as internal damage or an infection. Either one of these circumstances may necessitate root canal therapy.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Apnea
Are you feeling tired during the day? Do you have other almost mysterious symptoms such as morning headaches, trouble concentrating and maybe even depression? These can all be a sign of sleep apnea, a chronic condition that momentarily halts breathing repeatedly throughout the night. We can treat this breathing problem here in our office with a highly effective oral appliance.
To learn more, or to arrange an appointment, please feel free to give us a call at (410) 531-2600.