Preventive Care

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Dr. Christopher Clark believes in providing the best possible care for his patients at Oak Grove Dental. Through preventive and general dental care, Dr. Clark and his experienced team are able to detect and treat early signs of gum disease, cavities, and other threats to your teeth and gums. Regular oral exams can identify signs of tooth decay, disease, or infection so that a treatment plan can be developed to prevent more serious problems down the road.

Routine Care

The best way to preserve your oral health is to brush and floss regularly, and make sure to have routine oral exams and dental cleanings at least twice annually. Practicing good oral hygiene at home can go a long way toward preventing the development of serious dental issues later on, but even those with excellent brushing and flossing habits can occasionally have problems with their teeth and gums. At Oak Grove Dental, Dr. Christopher Clark and his team of highly trained dental professionals offer comprehensive treatment options to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

Please contact us today for more information, or to schedule an appointment.

Dental Cleanings

In order to keep your mouth healthy and clean, routine dental cleanings are very important. Brushing and flossing alone cannot always protect you from tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Clark and his team offer thorough, comprehensive dental cleanings that can help you maintain good oral health and a bright, polished smile.

Oral Exams

Routine oral exams are essential to detect existing and potential problems with the health of your teeth and gums. Oral exams should be conducted twice per year to ensure that any issues are caught early. We use advanced dental technology and the skills of our experienced dental team to provide you with the fastest, most accurate, and comfortable care possible. If any problems are found during your oral exam, a customized treatment plan can be created to meet your needs.

Oral Cancer Screening

If detected early, research has shown that patients diagnosed with oral cancer can have an 80-90 percent chance of survival. Unfortunately, the earliest stages of oral cancer are likely to go unnoticed, as symptoms are often not visible until the disease progresses further. This makes it very important to have regular oral cancer screenings. Oral cancer can affect smokers and non-smokers alike, so having an oral cancer screening as part of your regular oral exam could potentially be a lifesaving procedure. Dr. Clark recommends at least one oral cancer screening each year for patients who do not use tobacco products, and at least two screenings annually for patients who do use tobacco products.

Infection Control

Patient safety is of the utmost importance to us. For that reason, we uphold high standards of sterilization and cleanliness. All staff wears gloves and masks when treating patients, and we take great care to sterilize all surfaces that patients may come in contact with. We use disposable equipment when possible, and any reusable equipment is thoroughly sterilized after each use.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is a standard treatment for gum disease, and can be very effective at reducing symptoms and preventing the condition from getting worse. This non-surgical treatment works to eliminate bacteria and infection from deep pockets within the gums. Plaque and tartar are removed, and the gums are then treated with laser technology to provide a strong seal to the teeth. Dr. Clark offers scaling and root planing as one of the many gentle techniques used for periodontal care.

Periodontal Care

At Oak Grove Dental, we offer a variety of treatment options for periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease affects millions of Americans, even those who are brushing and flossing diligently every day. Gum disease does not have a cure, and as it progresses, it can lead to severe oral problems, including tooth loss and even increased risks to your overall health. Fortunately, with advanced dental techniques, Dr. Christopher Clark and his team of dental professionals are able to help our patients reduce the effects of gum disease and stop its progression. We are committed to giving you the most comfortable experience possible, which is why we offer non-surgical gum disease treatment and laser dentistry techniques to renew the health of your gums with little to no discomfort.

Contact our practice today for more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clark.

How do I Know if I Have Gum Disease?

Some patients may not show any signs or symptoms of gum disease until after damage has already occurred, so regular oral exams are important. It is also important to be aware that untreated periodontal disease can lead to more serious health problems, including heart disease or stroke.

You may be experiencing gingivitis, the earliest stages of periodontal disease, if you notice red, swollen, or bleeding gums. As the disease progresses, other symptoms that may occur include:

  • Loose teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Sensitive gums
  • Tooth loss
  • Bone loss

Treatment Options

At Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry, our goal is to provide our patients with safe, effective treatments and the most comfortable experience possible. Depending on the stage of gum disease you are diagnosed with, Dr. Clark will recommend an appropriate method for improving your oral health.

Scaling and Planing

Scaling and root planing is non-surgical removal of tartar and plaque deep within the gums. After the plaque and tartar have been removed, the tooth roots will be smoothed in an effort to reduce the amount of future tartar and plaque that can attach to them. Once scaling and planing has been completed, the tissue is treated with our state-of-the-art laser, a virtually painless procedure that will seal the gums to the teeth, promoting faster healing and increased comfort after treatment.

Laser Periodontal Treatments

In some cases, laser dentistry can be used as an alternative to scaling and planing for periodontal care. This all-laser method uses high speed beams of light to remove deposits of bacteria. This method is fast, quiet, and virtually painless. Laser dentistry reduces the amount of bleeding during the procedure, as well as the risk of infection. Plus, laser periodontal care can minimize the procedure and recovery time, helping you get back to your normal routines much earlier.

Periodontal Surgery (Gingivectomy)

In certain severe cases of gum disease, non-surgical methods may not be the best option for the most effective results. In these instances, periodontal surgery may become necessary. Periodontal surgery is intended to help restore and repair tissue and/or bone that has been damaged. It is important to remember that there is no cure for gum disease, only ways to restore some of the damage and prevent it from getting worse. Making adjustments to your regular dental care and eating habits will typically be necessary to avoid repeated damage in the future.

Endodontics/Root Canal Therapy

Root canals are nothing to fear at Oak Grove Dental. Through the use of advanced dental technology, we are able to make root canal procedures faster and much more comfortable than the traditional methods of the past. Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic therapy, is necessary when the nerves inside of a tooth or teeth become infected. A root canal can also be needed if an abscess (bacterial infection) forms around a tooth. This treatment is necessary in order to preserve your natural teeth and prevent the infection from spreading, which can cause more serious health issues.

Please contact Dr. Christopher Clark for more information, or to schedule an appointment.

Signs and Symptoms of Infection

Infection of the inner tooth (pulp) can be caused by a number of factors. Decay from untreated cavities or damage caused by chips, breaks, or a traumatic injury can lead to infection. The infected nerves cause tenderness and pain, often leading to extreme sensitivity to hot and cold, as well as discomfort while eating. It can also lead to an abscess forming in the area of the affected tooth, and in some cases, the pain can be excruciating.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, having your teeth examined is vitally important. Some instances of infection may not exhibit any symptoms, so annual oral exams are an excellent way to detect infection and prevent health risks, tooth loss, and severe damage to your teeth and gums.

Root Canal Procedure

Dr. Clark performs laser root canals in order to quickly and gently remove the infected pulp and prevent any further damage. If the infection has not quite reached the inner tooth, pulp capping may be an alternative to a full root canal procedure in order to preserve the overall health of the tooth. For full root canal therapy, Dr. Clark will treat and sterilize the infected area, and place a dental crown over the natural tooth to add strength and support. This will also restore the natural look and feel of your teeth, enhancing both the function and aesthetic of the affected tooth.