The Importance of Hygiene Visits
Plaque and tartar form on teeth over time. You brush and floss twice a day or more, but still, some gooey plaque remains behind in difficult-to-reach spots. Eventually, plaque hardens into tartar, which is beyond the scope of your typical toothbrush and floss. Tartar builds below your gum line as well as on the surface of your teeth. This is one of the most important reasons to visit the dentist, to have your teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist. If you don’t remove plaque and tartar, you chance huge problems with your teeth and gums later on. Recent research shows a definite link between untreated gum disease and other serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Your good health depends on having your teeth cleaned regularly!
Saving Hopeless Teeth
Extraction used to be your only option for teeth with damaged or infected roots. Missing teeth cause a lot of problems and should be avoided whenever possible. The good news is that we are well trained in advanced root canal therapy. A root canal is performed by removing the pulp chamber of a tooth and replacing it with a filling material, thereby fixing the tooth. A simple filling is not effective when dental decay or infection extends to the nerve of the tooth. Previously, such a situation would have meant the tooth had to be extracted. When dentists originally began doing root canals, they involved pain, and the root canal received a reputation as something to be avoided. However, with modern anesthetics and technology, root canals are often manageable.
Are You Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic?
Not all dentists in Tomball, TX are equipped to help diabetics manage their dental health. You’ll be delighted to know that we have received training on dental care for persons with diabetes. Do you know there is a link between your dental health and your capacity to accurately control your blood sugar levels? In addition, untreated gum disease worsens your diabetes, and diabetes makes your gum disease worse. It’s a vicious cycle. Call us today for a free consultation regarding dentistry for diabetics. No one here will ever criticize you for having delayed your dental care. You can be assured of compassionate and completely non-judgmental care. We can help.
Oral Cancer – Minimize Your Risk
For 40 years, oral cancer has consistently caused one American death every hour. However, the good news is with early detection, there is a 90% cure rate for oral cancer. This is why Dr. Dave K. Dorroh, DDS, performs a visual screening for oral cancer at every six-month checkup and cleaning. If the hygienist or doctor notices anything that gives them cause for concern, they’ll refer you to an oral surgeon. This screening could literally save your life!
Nitrous Oxide Sedation / Oral Sedation
“Laughing gas” otherwise known as nitrous oxide sedation, is often used to make treatment more pleasant. You breathe in the medication through a mask, and it induces a state of calm and relaxation. Local anesthetic is then administered in addition to the nitrous oxide to eliminate pain in most cases. Our adult dentist near you also offers oral sedation for patients who are extremely anxious.
If you’re looking for adult dentistry in Tomball, TX, call us now at (281) 351-0039. We welcome patients from the surrounding communities of Spring, The Woodlands, Vintage Park, Magnolia, and 77070.