The best dental care strategy is to prevent problems before they can develop. By emphasizing preventative dentistry, Dr. Jaeger and his team guard you against future dental problems that may require more invasive treatment. Rest assured that your teeth will be assessed at each visit to ensure your continued health and well-being.
Many people have some form of gum disease without realizing it. Often called the “silent disease,” gum disease must often reach an advanced state before the patient sees the signs of a problem. Periodontal therapy is designed to restore and/or maintain your gum health no matter what your existing condition.
Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can lead to periodontitis. This advanced disease can lead to tooth loss and other major dental problems. Plus, periodontal diseases have been linked to other health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. Your periodontal therapy may take on many forms, including gentle debridement or root planning and scaling, designed to put you on a healthy track.
If you often awaken with a sore jaw, aching facial or neck muscles, or a headache, or if you encounter these symptoms often throughout your day, you may be one of the many people who clench or grind your teeth in your sleep. A custom night guard from Dr. Jaeger can provide you restful nights of relief. A night guard eliminates the pressure points that cause discomfort and pain. It is comfortable to wear and designed to not restrict your breathing. Ask Dr. Jaeger if a night guard is right for you.
Fluoride treatments restore vital minerals to your teeth, protecting them from weakness and decay. Even though drinking water and toothpastes contain fluoride, regular, supervised treatments from your dental team are necessary to maintain optimum health for your teeth. Usually a fluoride treatment consists of a gel, foam or varnish that is applied directly to your teeth for several minutes. Afterward, it is important not to eat or drink for a short period of time to ensure the fluoride treatment has time to be effective. Fluoride treatments are a primary example of the kind of simple, but vital preventative care you will experience at Hilldale Dental.
Unfortunately, many cases of oral cancer are not diagnosed until they are quite advanced. Like all diseases, oral cancer is best treated in its early stages. That’s why you will be screened for oral cancer at every visit to Hilldale Dental.
Dental sealants provide an invisible, protective barrier on the surface of teeth to prevent the formation of tooth decay. They are especially effective for children’s teeth, however all ages can benefit from sealants.