Complex Treatment Planning
Taking good care of your mouth starts at home, with daily brushing and flossing. These habits are essential for eliminating buildup on the surfaces of your teeth and preventing the development of serious oral health issues. In addition to your daily home care routine, it is also important to have your teeth professionally cared for by your dentist as well. With proper oral care, you can maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. At Pacific Modern Dentistry, we can provide you with customized treatment plans that provide you with both a gorgeous smile and optimal oral health.
Why is a Healthy Smile So Important?
A healthy mouth is essential for more than just a beautiful smile. It is also integral for the proper functioning of your mouth and the health of your whole body. Cavities can lead to painful tooth infections. Tooth damage can worsen, compromising the structure and the health of the affected teeth, which can lead to the need for tooth extraction. Gum disease can lead to loose teeth and tooth loss. Misaligned teeth can cause issues like bruxism and issues with your temporomandibular joints.
In addition to impacting your smile and your oral health, oral health issues can also impact your overall health as well. Tooth infections and gum disease can allow bacteria into your bloodstream, where it can spread throughout your body. The bacteria can cause inflammation in your blood vessels, leading to heart disease and stroke. Oral health issues can also cause respiratory complications and complications during pregnancy.
Determining Your Unique Needs
Your dental needs are unique. Planning treatments for your specific needs is essential for optimizing your oral health. To determine what treatments you need, we perform a thorough oral exam. We look over the visible structures in your mouth. Your teeth are looked over for signs of damage and decay. Your gums are checked for signs of inflammation, periodontal pockets, and gum recession. We assess the alignment of your teeth and jaws.
In addition to looking over the visible structures in your mouth, we take digital X-rays. X-rays enable us to see the hidden structures in your mouth, including between your teeth and below the gum line. We can spot cavities, root damage, bone loss, impacted teeth, abscesses and more. These images help to provide us with a thorough picture as to the condition of your mouth, so we can spot every issue and provide you with the most effective treatments possible. We will also go over your medical history, to determine if there are any factors that might affect any treatments you might require.
How is Treatment Provided?
There are some different treatments that may be provided. Common treatments include:
Once we can determine all of the issues affecting your mouth, we can plan the exact treatments that you need, as well as what order they should be performed in. For instance, if you need dental implants, but currently have gum disease, your gum disease will need to be addressed before implants can be placed. After the completion of your treatments, follow up exams enable us to monitor your healing and ensure that your treatments are effective.
With proper treatment and planning, we can help you to maintain optimal oral health and a beautiful, confident smile. Call Pacific Modern Dentistry today at (206) 607-9822 for more information and to schedule your appointment today.