Sealants protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and should be applied as a child’s permanent teeth erupt. Though typically placed on children’s teeth, adult molars can also be sealed, provided a tooth does not show evidence of decay or have previous restorations on the tooth. The sealants that we have placed have been highly successful in preventing decay.
Fluoride applications help to strengthen the enamel on your child’s teeth, making it more difficult for cavities to begin. Children should be receiving fluoride treatments every six months. For adults, fluoride rinses and/or direct fluoride treatments may be indicated to offset certain medical or oral conditions.
These important appointments allow the dentist and hygienist to monitor your oral health and clean under your gum line where the toothbrush cannot reach. They also help promote healthy gums and teeth by removing the plaque that causes decay and gum infection, and educating you about prevention. Routine visits are recommended every 6 months but for some patients, every 3-4 months is indicated for good oral health.
Patients with a highly sensitive tooth may fine that fluoride is also helpful to adults to reduce the pain and discomfort caused by exposed root surfaces (receding gums). Regular fluoride application helps eliminate root sensitivity. Our patients have found it helpful to have a series of fluoride treatments to reduce their sensitivity, followed by possible at-home applications. A topical "varnish" may also be indicated. Your hygienist will help determine your best treatment options.
This procedure can be used at home or in our office to control the bacteria that causes periodontal disease. The gum tissue is bathed and flushed with an antibiotic preparation to promote healing of the gum tissue. Our hygienist can tell you how.
Night Guard Therapy
Bite splints and night guards are used as a treatment option to prevent damage to the chewing surfaces of the teeth associated with grinding and clenching. It is a conservative treatment that is very successful and highly recommended for patients with TMJ dysfunction. By creating an acrylic pattern of your teeth, Drs. Nick and Nate Pound can help you protect your teeth from unnecessary wear. Our office can provide custom made protective devices for use during sports participation and for problematic snoring issues.