Preventive and General Dentistry
Today, people are keeping their natural teeth longer than ever before due to advancements in modern dentistry. Bi-annual checkups and cleanings, and restorative dental treatments, help you and your family to preserve your natural teeth for life. Recent studies have linked periodontal disease with serious health issues including cardiovascular disease, respiratory illnesses, and Alzheimer’s disease, meaning that poor oral health can significantly impair your overall health. A healthy, complete smile then, not only contributes to your systemic health, it contributes to your quality of life, and let’s not forget, your self-confidence.
Teaching and Learning
Dr. Greenfield and our team of assistants and hygienists enjoy educating our patients about proper home-care for their teeth and gums by advising them as to which products and techniques are the most effective. We work together with our patients to maintain a healthy smile that they can be proud of now and forever.
Our preventive and general dental care treatments include:
- Bridges, Partials, & Dentures
- Checkups & VELscope Screening
- Cleanings & Periodontal Therapy
- Nightguards & TMJ Therapy
- Root Canals
- CEREC One-Visit Crowns
General Dentistry FAQs
Q: I don’t have any dental problems. Do I really need to schedule a checkup?
A: Preventive dental care goes a long way toward protecting your smile and oral health. Most healthy adults should plan to visit the dentist twice yearly for checkups, or more often if restorations are needed. During routine exams we provide a professional cleaning, and a thorough oral examination during which we check for problems that you may not notice such as gum disease, tooth decay, and more.
Q: Should I be worried if my gums bleed when I brush?
A: Healthy gums don’t often bleed, so if you see red while brushing, you may be scrubbing too vigorously, using the wrong toothbrush, or developing gingivitis–the earliest stage of gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and serious overall health risks. If your gums are bleeding, contact our office right away so we can determine the cause, and address the issue.
Q: I have been experiencing jaw popping. What does that mean?
A: When your jaw joints become misaligned, they can strain the associated nerves and muscles, causing TMJ dysfunction orTMD. Clicking and popping in your jaw are symptoms associated with TMD. Grinding and clenching your teeth (bruxism), can also make your jaw pop and click. Both TMD and bruxism are treatable conditions, so call us for a consultation.
Q:What are some options to replace missing teeth?
A: With a complete smile, your confidence and quality of life will improve. After assessing your current dental condition, Dr. Greenfield will recommend the appropriate treatment to replace your missing teeth. He can create attractive-looking replacement teeth with dental bridges, dentures, or implant-supported dentures.
Q: I need a root canal. Can’t you just pull my tooth?
A: Although extraction would solve your immediate problem, missing teeth generate other problems, such as shifting teeth, bite issues, and additional tooth loss. An extracted tooth should always be replaced, and that means more expense, and more dental visits. Because conservative dental treatment should be the first choice, and because it is always better to save as much of your original tooth structure as possible, root canal therapy was designed specifically as a means to this end, to restore the health and comfort of your tooth in the most conservative manner.
Schedule a Preventive Dentistry Visit
The best way to protect your smile is to prevent issues that could threaten it. To schedule your next preventive dental treatment, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213. Located in Lake Orion, MI, we also proudly serve the residents of Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities.
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