Comprehensive Preventive Dentistry in Boca Raton
Before we consider improving the appearance of patients’ smiles, we must ensure that these beautiful, winning smiles are healthy. That's why we provide general and family dentistry services daily to the Boca Raton, Broward County, and the Delray Beach area. These preventive dental services are focused toward maintaining optimal oral health and offering only the most conservative treatment options in order to preserve natural, healthy dental structure. The first step to a great preventive dentistry routine is scheduling regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings.
Your First Visit
In order to ensure your ultimate health, we provide patients with a unique comprehensive examination. Why is it unique? We take the word comprehensive seriously. We want to make your visit an experience that complements your overall healthcare, not just another dental appointment.
We utilize digital x-rays to dramatically reduce the amount of radiation that you are exposed to. Also a wide-ranging series of digital dental photographs are taken by our clinical assistant. We document any and all fillings or dental crowns in your teeth. An examination of your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is made utilizing computer sonography to ensure proper bite reducing muscle spasm and fatigue.
Because countless research studies have shown that the elimination of periodontal disease is important to your body’s overall wellbeing, an in-depth evaluation of your gums and the supporting structures is performed, including periodontal probing. We screen for oral cancer screening utilizing the most advanced techniques available.
We want your input, and all of this information is shared with you. We project x-rays and photographs on one of our 42 inch monitors making them larger than life. With today’s technology, you now have the opportunity to see what we see!
Following your comprehensive exam, we discuss treatment needs, if any, and offer education and advice on keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.
Refreshing Oral Hygiene
Our Boca Raton oral hygiene department offers patients the latest in dental care and tissue therapy. We focus on the health of the gum tissue and teeth utilizing advanced techniques to reduce bacteria. Our state-of-the-art technology and methods make it easy and virtually pain free.
Because every patient is unique, we develop an individualized hygiene program just for you at each of your visits. Good health and maintenance of your investment in general dentistry will be enhanced by good oral hygiene. The care you provide for yourself between regular visits to our office contributes to excellence in your dental health. We teach and provide you with the necessary knowledge and tools to help you to achieve the best in dental health.
Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing help stop problems before they develop and is less painful, expensive, and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.
Check-Ups & Cleanings
We are here to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, we want to make sure your mouth is healthy first. If you are thinking about whitening your teeth, a good hygiene appointment helps you achieve a better result. We welcome new patients who value their oral health because we know you will love your experience with our Hygiene Department.
Dental cleanings are necessary to remove the plaque and tartar that build up on teeth. Dental plaque is made up of tiny bacteria. As that plaque builds up on teeth, it is flooded with calcium and mineral-rich saliva which calcifies or hardens it. This hardened plaque, tartar, can only be removed with a dental cleaning. No matter how well you brush and floss, you cannot remove all of the plaque and tartar and that's why regularly scheduled dental cleanings are so important.
Our hygiene services offer state-of-the-art preventive care and diagnostic services with a proactive approach offering the following services:
- Digital dental x-rays periodically taken for diagnostics.
- Oral cancer screenings utilizing ViziLite which saves lives with early detection.
- Thorough periodontal charting and examinations of the gum tissue help prevent gum disease.
- Early detection of tooth decay using the new DIAGNOdent laser technology.
- Our hygienists teach you a regimen of good oral hygiene practices at home including daily flossing and brushing instructions.
- Dental sealants and Fluoride treatments are applied when necessary to protect teeth from decay.
Digital x-rays are one of the ways we use advanced technology. We now use a computer to quickly and easily capture, view, store and transmit dental x-rays to dental specialists if needed. More importantly, a digital x-ray can be viewed immediately and specific problem areas can be enhanced or magnified for viewing. Communication with patients is so important, and digital x-rays allow us to explain areas of concern in discussing dental problems and treatment options. Digital x-rays can also be easily compared to past and future x-ray images to determine any changes in conditions. They are safer because they require very low levels of radiation exposure, and environmentally friendly because no biohazardous waste is produced.
ViziLite Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases when caught early. That's why The American Cancer Society recommends patients have a complete soft tissue examination at least once a year, and now you can do it painlessly and quickly with the ViziLite exam.
Unfortunately, oral cancer is not visible to the dental professional until it has reached an advanced stage in approximately 70% of patients. ViziLite is state of the art technology that assists in the early detection of oral abnormalities not always seen in a traditional examination.
The VizLite exam is simple. First rinse your mouth with a special cleansing solution. As ViziLite passes over oral tissue that has been treated with the rinse solution, normal healthy tissue absorbs the light and appears dark and abnormal tissue appears white. This improves our ability to identify, evaluate, and monitor abnormal areas that might develop into oral cancer. ViziLite screening saves lives. Aren't you worth it?
DIAGNOdent Laser-Assisted Cavity Detection
DIAGNOdent laser technology allows us to detect early tooth decay often missed when using the conventional techniques of x-rays and probing. We simply shine a pain-free laser on the grooves of each tooth. This laser technology detects and measures hidden or subsurface cavities by measuring the fluorescence within the tooth structure and this information is electronically read as a numerical report.
DIAGNOdent gives us an accurate, reliable and non-invasive reading that indicates areas of decay that can be restored with a simple filling. Early diagnosis and treatment protects the integrity of the tooth structure without requiring extensive, costly restorations. The exam is quick and easy because no probing and poking or exposure to further radiation is necessary. Please ask us about this high tech diagnostic tool available for your benefit.
Our hygiene services provide you with the most up to date preventive care because we don't want your oral health to compromise your overall health. That’s why it’s so essential that we prevent and treat periodontal (gum) disease. Some important facts to know in order to understand why we treat periodontal disease include:
- There is direct evidence that periodontal disease is linked to heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, premature births and low birth weight.
- Bacteria enters the blood stream from your mouth and causes serious problems in other areas of the body.
- Periodontal disease in an infection of the gums. It can be controlled, but it is not curable.
- 75% of adult tooth loss is caused by gum disease or periodontal disease.
- Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and bone around the teeth caused by bacterial plaque. When bacteria multiply, causing inflammation, the bone supporting the teeth begins to break down.
- Approximately 80% of the population has early signs of gum disease.
- Often there are no obvious symptoms of periodontal disease, but by the time it is noticed, it is already advanced!
Treatment for periodontal disease is comprehensive. Our hygiene department is highly skilled in offering a non-invasive approach to treating complex periodontal disease. Treatment plans are customized for each individual patient's needs, follow up, and continued care ensures long term effectiveness.