While proper dental care begins are home, it is not complete without dentist diagnosis, treatment and maintenance of healthy teeth, gums and jaw, as well as those affected by the various dental disorders and diseases. Prevention and gum care are not only fundamental to overall health, but it can also significantly reduce the pain, discomfort, and dental care expenses later in life.
As a dedicated provider of comprehensive dental care in Farminton, CT, and surrounding areas, we are committed to developing comprehensive treatment plans to help patients achieve and maintain their optimal oral health. Routine checkups, cleanings, and preventive care are at the core of our practice, enabling us to offer the most complete, personalized care that you deserve.
Routine Checkups, Cleanings, &Preventive Care
- Individual Consultations & Dental Exams
- Four-Point Dental Cleanings (Including Screenings for Periodontal Disease & Oral Cancer)
- Digital X-rays Based on Your Oral Health Needs
- 3-D Cone Beam CT Scan
- Laser-Assisted Decay Detection (DIAGNOdent® Technology)
- Dental Sealants
- Fluoride Treatments
- Oral Cancer Screenings with ViziLite®
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Four-Point Dental Cleaning
Biannual dental cleanings are central to keeping your teeth and gums looking, feeling, and functioning well. If you have periodontal (gum) disease, we will recommend that you visit us more often than twice a year for more extensive periodontal care to help protect your oral and overall health.
For the first step of our four-point cleaning, we use ultrasonic technology to knock off the pesky, odor-trapping plaque and calculus (tartar) that tends to build up between cleanings. If tartar has built up under your gum line, causing gum disease, more extensive treatment may be needed to remove the infection and help restore your gum health.
The second step of our cleaning process is a careful and gentle dental cleaning that we complete tooth by tooth, followed by a flossing. We also go over proper flossing techniques and habits.
Thirdly, we perform a general screening for gum disease and oral cancer. When X-rays have been taken, we review them to identify decay and other possible areas of concern.
To finish your cleaning visit, we polish your teeth to give them a nice shine and leave you with fresh breath.
Digital X-rays are a fast and comfortable tool used in preventive dentistry that allows us to quickly and accurately assess your oral health needs. If the last dental X-rays you received involved biting down on sharp pieces of film, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the comfort and ease of our new digital X-rays! They require no chemical processing and emit significantly less radiation than traditional X-rays, making digital dental technology the smart and comfortable choice for your smile.
Because many dental problems cannot be seen by the naked eye, X-rays are needed to reveal items such as:
- Small areas of decay between teeth or below existing fillings
- Deep cavities
- Infections in the jaw bone
- Deep gum disease
- Abscesses or cysts
- Developmental abnormalities
- Some types of tumors
- Missing or extra developing adult teeth
Laser-Assisted Decay Detection
Since identifying and filling cavities are two of the most important things we do for patients, we use DIAGNOdent® laser dentistry technology. This technology precisely detects tooth decay in its early stages – oftentimes before it can be recognized by other means. DIAGNOdent’s ability to catch decay sooner means that the fillings required are often smaller and simpler, which allows us to use minimally invasive filling procedures and preserve more natural tooth structure. In addition, the low-intensity DIAGNOdent laser allows us to monitor areas of concern without repeated X-rays.
As part of our comprehensive dentistry services, we apply dental sealants to the chewing surfaces of teeth with deep grooves in them – i.e., premolars, baby molars, and permanent/adult molars – to help protect them against decay-causing bacteria. Sealants can last many years, often getting our younger patients through the “bad brushing years,” and it’s common for sealants to last into adulthood before needing to be replaced.
Plaque wears away at your tooth enamel in a process known as demineralization. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that promotes remineralization of enamel, thereby strengthening your teeth and protecting them against decay. Fluoride can also help reverse early stages of decay. Children with newly-erupted permanent teeth can benefit a great deal from fluoride exposure, but adults should make sure their teeth come in contact with it as well. The safe and easy way is to use fluoride toothpaste. Additionally, we recommend fluoride treatments for all of our patients regardless of age: There are a number of gels, rinses, and in-office procedures that can do the trick!
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Oral Cancer Screenings with ViziLite®
In addition to the regular visual oral cancer screenings that we perform at each preventive dental cleaning appointment, we now also offer ViziLite® oral cancer screenings for patients who desire a more thorough examination.
Oral cancer is curable in 80–90% of cases when it is caught in its early stages. The challenge with oral cancer screening, however, is that early-stage oral cancer tissues are often indistinguishable from non-cancerous mouth tissues. While routine visual exams help us catch oral cancer in moderate to advanced stages, there is now technology to enable us to see oral cancer while it is still in the earlier stages. Our dentists use ViziLite for these more thorough screenings. The procedure is simple and painless, involving special light technology that has proven successful in identifying early-stage soft tissue abnormalities that can turn into oral cancer.
One American dies of oral cancer approximately every hour of every day. While tobacco and alcohol use are the primary lifestyle risk factors for oral cancer, surprisingly 27% of oral cancer victims do not use tobacco or alcohol, nor do they have any other lifestyle risk factors. That is 1 in 4 people who develop oral cancer with no risk factors at all! Please come in for your screening. It only takes five minutes and could save your life.
Get the most complete dental care in Farmington, CT. Please do not hesitate to contact us at Farmington Village Dental. You can begin your journey towards a lifetime of great dental health with just one call to 860-676-2288.