Biannual teeth cleanings keep your teeth and gums looking, feeling, and functioning their best. During cleanings, our hygienist will gently remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from the surface of your teeth. She’ll also polish your teeth and floss to test the condition of your gums.
After your cleaning, Dr. Bannerman will examine your teeth and gums, then evaluate your current restorations, examine any X-rays that were taken, and screen for early signs of gum disease and oral cancer.
Dental Sealants & Fluoride Treatments
Dental sealants fill in the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, an area where food particles commonly get caught and cause cavities. Dr. Bannerman can apply sealants quickly with minimal preparation, effectively protecting teeth for years.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that can strengthen enamel and replace important minerals that protect teeth from decay. Fluoride can even help reverse the early stages of decay. Children and adults alike can benefit from fluoride exposure. Most toothpastes on the market include a safe and effective amount of fluoride, but Dr. Bannerman also provides a more concentrated fluoride rinse after each professional cleaning to really fight off decay.
Oral Cancer Screenings
When diagnosed and treated early, oral cancer is highly curable. We screen for the warning signs of oral cancer during every routine dental exam. Digital X-rays are also useful in oral cancer screenings, because they enable Dr. Bannerman to see tumors and bone irregularities that can go unnoticed during a visual exam.
Relief for TMJ Pain
If you suffer from chronic headaches or jaw pain, your TMJ (jaw joint) could be to blame. Dr. Bannerman offers noninvasive treatments for TMJ disorder, including custom-fitted nightguards, that will improve your jaw function and help you find long-lasting relief.
Custom Athletic Mouthguards
Adults and teens who participate in contact sports and high-impact recreational activities are at an increased risk of dental injury. Athletic mouthguards not only protect the teeth and soft tissues, but also help prevent more serious head injuries like concussions.