We provide dental care in Alpharetta for patients of all ages. We are focused on preventative care because we understand how essential regular teeth cleanings and dental exams are for lifelong oral health. Many people think that if they brush and floss on a daily basis that they can skip their annual teeth cleaning. This is a mistake. Regardless of how well you brush your teeth, there are certain areas of the mouth that are difficult to reach and impossible to see. These become spaces for plaque to gather and build up, increasing your risk of getting a cavity as it does. By having your teeth professionally cleaned, you are guaranteeing that your teeth have a better chance of remaining healthy.
During your dental exam, we will also look for signs of tooth decay or infection along with gum disease. These health concerns can typically be prevented with regular teeth cleanings, and if we identify them early, they can also be treated without causing you much discomfort. In fact, we could catch and treat a cavity before you ever know that it is there. When it comes to treating gum disease, early detection and treatment is essential for ensuring your comfort. Gum disease happens when plaque builds up underneath your gums. It causes them to become red, inflamed, and even bleed, but a deep cleaning can remove the plaque so that your gums can heal. This is the first stage of gum disease, and regular dental appointments allow us to catch it. If you leave gum disease untreated, your gums can begin to pull away from your tooth structure and create pockets in the gum tissue. These are places where bacteria can easily attack your teeth and roots. As a result, gum disease often leads to loose teeth, bone loss, and even tooth loss.
By providing dental care in Alpharetta, we can prevent many of these common oral health concerns, and we can also identify signs of oral cancer. While most people do not discuss oral cancer, one person dies from it every hour. It is a serious disease, and we are often the first people to detect it. During your dental exam, we will look for signs of it that include red and white bumps, rough patches, hard lumps and bumps, and more. If we identify anything that looks cancerous we will likely biopsy the tissue and have the lab test it for cancerous cells. If it comes back positive, we will refer you to an oncologist for further treatment. Even though we do not treat cancer, we can give you your best shot of beating it by identifying the disease in its early stages.
There are many other ways that we can help you in our dental office. If you damage a tooth by cracking or chipping it, we can restore it to full functionality and a natural appearance using restorative dentistry. While providing dental care in Alpharetta, we can also correct the things that you do not like about your smile such as dark stains or gaps in between your teeth. To learn more, call and schedule an appointment today.