Preventive procedures significantly reduce, if not altogether avoid, the chances of developing oral conditions. They keep you from enduring pain and discomfort and also save you a lot of time and money in getting the oral concerns treated. Although preventive treatment procedures may seem pretty simple, they can have a considerable impact on your oral health.
Here are some of the prominent preventive procedures that Dr. Bradley C. Jones, DDS provides at our practice.
Digital X-rays are an essential tool in dental imagery. They are used to get a better view of the underlying tissues, such as the jawbone, tooth roots, etc. X-rays also help us spot benign tumors, dormant cavities, damage to the teeth due to external trauma, growth of cancerous tissues, and other concerns that can’t be diagnosed using the naked eye.
Dr. Jones gives a lot of emphasis on oral cleaning because getting rid of the plaque and tartar deposits from the teeth and root surfaces significantly reduces the chances of developing cavities and gum disease. We remove them by scaling and root planing, which are performed using an ultrasonic scaling device. The removed microbial debris will then be washed away using a jet of water.
Dental sealants are acrylic surface applications used to cover the occlusal grooves on the molars and premolars. They can be customized to mimic the color of the enamel to keep them indistinguishable from the tooth it is applied on. Sealants provide excellent durability, protection from cavities, and longevity. Since they keep the grooves covered, they prevent the accumulation of microbes and food residues in them.
Fluoride treatment is an artificial means of increasing the fluoride content in the teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens and protects the teeth from decay. A topical fluoride gel will be applied to the teeth and allowed to settle for a few minutes before being rinsed off. The fluoride molecules from the gel replace the washed-off minerals from the teeth, thereby restoring their structure.
Oral cancer is one of the most invasive oral conditions that has claimed millions of lives in the past. Detecting the presence of cancer in the early stages can exponentially increase the chances of curing it entirely. Hence, we recommend you check for the signs of oral cancer and get a thorough screening done at least once every year.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts at Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry in Napa, CA to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (707) 224-6006 or reach out through online consultation and we’ll be happy to help.