Unlike other medical expenses, dental care is done on a routine basis. Regular oral care is incredibly important, but professional visits help you remove harmful plaque and tartar, confirm the presence of underlying dental disease and keep your smile looking beautiful. And with our highly advanced cavity detection system, we can catch the early signs of cavities before they have the chance to become an emergency. Give our office a call to get your next routine exam scheduled!
By visiting our office just twice a year, you can confirm the status of your oral health, remove harmful plaque and confirm that you’re doing everything you need to prevent dental issues in between visits. During your appointment, Dr. Crofoot and Dr. Snarr will closely examine your oral structures, perform a thorough cleaning of your mouth and gums, and answer any questions you may have. By the end of your visit, you’ll have a fresh, clean mouth and the peace of mind that you’re doing everything you need to maintain good oral health for life!
Fluoride is a common mineral found in many foods and public water sources around the country. Its properties have been proven to reduce the risk of cavity development and preserve the strength of tooth enamel. Cornerstone Family Dental provides fluoride treatments after cleanings in order to ensure additional protection for patients’ smiles. We recommend that all patients use fluoridated toothpaste to keep cavities at bay and dental plaque and tartar from developing in between your visits.
At our office, we utilize silver diamine fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce the risk of future tooth decay. While this treatment is commonly used for younger patients who are generally at higher risk of decay, older patients can also benefit from their use. Silver diamine is ideal for protecting baby teeth affected by decay, while older patients can use it to maintain the strength of their remaining teeth. Regardless of your age, you can rest knowing that the powerful fluoride ions in the application are giving your smile the protection it needs.
If you’ve ever woken up with jaw pain or caught yourself grinding your teeth together, it could be a sign of an unconscious teeth-grinding habit. This habit, also known as bruxism, can easily occur without you even realizing it, especially when you’re sleeping. With a custom-made oral appliance from our office, you can protect your smile and prevent enamel from wearing down, becoming cracked, and triggering a dental emergency.
With about 53,000 Americans being diagnosed with oral cancer every year, it’s important to confirm that no signs or symptoms of oral cancer are developing without your knowledge. To complete this exam, our dentists observe all of your oral structures, including your neck, mouth and lymph nodes for the signs of oral cancer. We perform palpations, or the use of one’s hands to check for physical signs of the condition (i.e. lumps, bumps or thickening tissue.)
When bruxism goes untreated, your teeth grinding habit can easily put additional stress on your temporomandibular joints. These joints are responsible for connecting your jaw to your skull. When chronically inflamed, it can result in TMJ disorder. If you’re experiencing jaw pain, whether you grind your teeth or not, our office will examine your jaw, provide an accurate diagnosis, and recommend therapeutic techniques and/or occlusal splints to provide lasting relief.
Our office is always dedicated to expanding our range of treatments, which of course includes sleep dentistry. This topic focuses on sleep apnea, a chronic condition where your oral structures block the airway during sleep. Our dentists can help you relieve the symptoms of sleep apnea, including chronic fatigue and excessive snoring via custom-made oral appliances. By getting your condition treated, you can prevent the potential long-term consequences, including higher blood pressure and a higher risk of stroke and heart disease.