Oral Cancer Screenings
An oral cancer screening is part of our examination process at Sensational Smiles. We will always be assessing your tissues for unusual lumps, bumps and abnormal looking tissue. This is currently a free service and included with regular examination procedures.
Scaling is the removal of tartar deposits or calculus from the teeth, both above and below the gum line. We deliver this treatment in units of time. The duration of each unit is 15 minutes. The amount of scaling required by each client varies but can range from four to 16+units per year. Scaling to remove the hard deposits imbedded in the tooth structure is one of the ways we interrupt the biofilm and decrease mouth bacteria. To maintain healthy teeth and gums we need to stabilize the bacterial flora in the mouth. In doing so we arrest the process of inflammatory disease and reduce the destruction that can follow when the disease is active and out of control.
Some staining can be removed by polishing the teeth. After a thorough scaling, your teeth may be polished to remove any remaining surface stains or plaque. This is particularly effective on brown tobacco and coffee/tea stains. Polishing does not “whiten teeth” but will however address the yellow plaque that has a discoloring effect on the surface of the tooth.
We are not pro-fluoride for all people at Sensational Smiles. Fluoride has its place when delivered in a concentrated, controlled dose for a significant amount of time.
Everyone is not a candidate for fluoride. If you have early signs of decay, fluoride can actually help to heal a tooth and prevent the need for a filling. At Sensational Smiles we paint on a fluoride varnish that is held on the tooth with a transparent, sticky film and the client is instructed to not eat or drink for 45 minutes. During this time the fluoride is absorbed into the matrix of the tooth and can prevent the “incipient cavity” from becoming a full blown problem.
Fluoride is also very effective in addressing sensitivity. Fluoride aids in the prevention of decay and addresses sensitivity by strengthening the enamel of the teeth and aiding in the re-mineralization process.
Desensitizing & Remineralizing
If you have an extremely sensitive tooth or area of your mouth that does not respond to fluoride treatment, you may benefit from the application of a stronger desensitizing agent. This liquid will be placed directly on the tooth or teeth affected, blocking the exposed dentin and therefore preventing pain and sensitivity.
Pit and fissure sealants are a great way to prevent decay from developing in the chewing surfaces of the teeth. The teeth are prepared by first being thoroughly cleaned and dried. A liquid is then placed in the grooves (pits and fissures) of the teeth and cured with a light to harden. The result is a hard coating that seals up the grooves, preventing bacteria from entering and starting the decay process. Sealants are particularly important as a preventive tool for decay in children with newly erupted molars, although anytime is a good time to prevent decay. If the tooth does not yet have a cavity or filling, then the grooves can be sealed.