Our Troy, MI, dentists offer patients of all ages both routine and advanced procedures for maintaining healthy teeth and gums for years to come. The latest oral health techniques and treatments used in our Troy dental office provide you with a handful of ways to protect your smile.
To learn more about our team of dentists, the services we have available, or request an appointment call Mosaic Dental today at (248) 528-2270. Our team is here to help not only you, but your entire family achieve their best smile.
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Maintaining good oral hygiene remains one of the most important things you can do for your smile. Healthy teeth and gums help you to not only look and feel good, but they allow you to eat and speak properly. Our caring and professional staff stresses daily preventive care — such as proper brushing and flossing — to prevent more serious problems from developing.
Between regular visits to our full-service Troy, MI, dental office, there are simple steps you can take to greatly decrease your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental or medical problems. Those include:
- Brushing thoroughly at least twice a day and flossing once daily
- Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals
- Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
- Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash as part of your oral hygiene routine
- Making sure that children under 12 drink fluoridated water
- Visiting our dentists regularly for professional cleanings and exams
- Replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months
The best way to prevent excessive plaque buildup is to schedule awith our dentists and dental hygienists every six months. Plaque that is left untreated can negatively affect your gums and result in tooth decay. Generally, a routine dental cleaning lasts about one hour and will usually include scaling and polishing.
Cleanings help preserve your teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing your teeth on your own is great, but these habits alone don’t remove everything from your teeth. For instance, tartar (hardened plaque) requires professional tools to clean off. Ultimately, cleanings scheduled twice a year help support what you do for your smile at home.
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GUM DISEASE TREATMENTS
You might not think much about your gums, but they serve as the foundation for your smile. They help keep your teeth in place, serve as a barrier between oral bacteria and the bloodstream, and nourish your tooth roots. All in all, they’re important.
If your gums are neglected, you may notice that they become red, inflamed, bleed easily, or start to pull away from the tooth. It’s also not uncommon for teeth to loosen or for your bite to change. With proper, however, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. Severe periodontitis, unlike gingivitis, is not reversible and may require surgery or tooth extraction to treat.
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In order to maintain a healthy smile, it is important that our dentists perform comprehensive examinations of your overall oral health. Using advanced in-house technology, such as digital X-rays, we can effectively monitor the condition of your teeth and identify early signs of decay.
Dental exams also allow our professional staff to assess the condition of your gums and their position along your teeth. Early detection of periodontal disease or other serious conditions during this time can save your smile. Typically, you’ll receive an exam during your 6 month checkup visit but one can be scheduled outside of that as well.
Dental fillings restore teeth damaged by decay back to their normal shape and function. The procedure itself is straightforward and can take as little as 20 minutes to complete depending on how many fillings you need.
If you have a tooth that requires a filling, our knowledgeable Troy dentists will remove the decayed material, clean the affected area, and fill the cavity with a tooth-colored filling material. This filling will help to prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter and cause harm to the tooth.
ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS
Upwards of 54,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year in the U.S. Men are also twice as likely to end up having this type of cancer compared to women. Fortunately, if caught early, oral cancer can be treated much easier and chances of a patient’s recovery increase.
During an oral cancer screening, we’ll look and feel for any abnormalities in the tissues of your lips, mouth, and upper throat. If suspicious lumps, bumps, lesions, sores, or other symptoms that are in line with oral cancer are observed, we’ll move forward with additional testing.
To ensure that your mouth is as healthy as possible, request an oral cancer exam during your next visit or contact us for more information.
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Sealants are used as a preventive measure to help fill in narrow “grooves or pits” in back molars that cannot otherwise be reached with a toothbrush. In many individuals, the tooth’s structure may contain several of these fine grooves or pits, which can accumulate plaque and develop into cavities over time.
To avoid this fate, our dentists may brush a colorless coating onto the chewing surface of the tooth or teeth to help seal out decay. The application is pain-free, quick, and perfect for adults and children alike.