Preventive Dentistry in Glen Allen VA

Preventive dentistry is the foundation for good oral health, focusing on keeping teeth and gums healthy and free of disease and injury. At West End Dental, we believe preventive dentistry is a joint effort between our dental care team and our patients.

Regular checkups and dental cleanings are the foundation of preventive dentistry, but each patient must also practice proper oral hygiene at home. We take the time to educate our patients on how to properly care for and protect their teeth so they can last a lifetime.

Dental Exams & Checkups

Dental exams allow us to evaluate your dental health, provide suggestions to improve your at-home care, and detect any complications early so they can be treated before they become more significant health problems.

Oral Hygiene

At our patient’s dental exams, we review their oral hygiene routines with them and suggest improvements they can make for improved dental health. Good oral hygiene is essential to prevent plaque buildup and periodontal disease. Our doctors and dental assistants can demonstrate proper oral hygiene to ensure you protect your teeth in between dental checkups.

Children’s Dentistry

Preventive dental care plays a crucial role in maintaining oral health at every stage of life, starting with children’s dentistry. Early dental visits not only familiarize children with dental care but enable us to detect and address potential issues early on, setting the stage for a lifetime of good oral hygiene habits.

Teeth Cleanings

Professional teeth cleanings are fundamental to preventive care. They remove plaque and tartar buildup that toothbrushes cannot remove, preventing cavities and gum disease. Routine cleanings also offer an opportunity for us to examine the teeth and gums for any signs of abnormalities or concerns.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a highly effective preventive measure, particularly for children prone to cavities. These thin, protective coatings are applied to the chewing surfaces of molars to seal off crevices where bacteria can accumulate, significantly reducing the risk of decay.

Tooth Extractions

At West End Dental, tooth extractions are a last resort when every effort to save a tooth has failed. Occasionally, a tooth is so decayed or damaged that there is no alternative but removal. Timely extractions can prevent further damage to surrounding teeth and alleviate discomfort, preserving oral health in the long run.

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance is the only way to prevent tooth loss and bone damage from gum disease. For patients with gum disease, periodontal maintenance stops the disease from getting worse and helps the gums heal. Untreated, periodontal disease can lead to bacterial infection, inflammation, pain, jawbone damage, and eventual tooth loss.

Bruxism Treatment

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can cause significant damage to teeth and jaw joints over time. West End Dental offers a variety of treatment options, such as mouthguards or dental appliances to help protect teeth from wear and alleviate jaw pain. By addressing the underlying causes of bruxism, our dentists can provide patients with long-term relief.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea treatment is vital not only for improving sleep quality but also for safeguarding overall health. Oral appliances can help keep the airway open during sleep, reducing the severity of apnea episodes and lowering the risk of associated health complications.

TMJ Treatment

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can cause jaw pain, headaches, and difficulty chewing. Treatment options may include lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, or custom oral appliances to alleviate symptoms and improve jaw function, restoring comfort and quality of life. An evaluation by one of our dentists is the first step toward relief from TMJ pain.

Your healthy smile depends on quality preventive dental care. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cahn or Dr. Blassic, contact our office at Dentist Office in Glen Allen Phone Number 804-270-5225 or use our easy online request form.

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