General Preventive Dentistry in Eugene
We want our patients to join us in the belief that a healthy smile truly can last a lifetime. By maintaining proper hygiene and attending routinely to the health of your teeth and gums, our team can help you in the fight against tooth decay and periodontal issues that are the leading causes of tooth loss and serious oral health problems. Dr. Sutter regards preventive dentistry as essential to providing you and your family with holistic dental care, and with that in mind, we recommend semi-annual checkups and hygiene treatments. These regular exams allow us to keep a close eye on your oral health. Routine visits with our dentists enable us to catch and prevent problems quickly and diagnose and address existing issues like cavities and gum disease before they cause any serious damage. Whether it’s been six months or several years since your last dental exam and teeth cleaning, call the For Beautiful Smiles dental team to schedule an appointment in our Eugene dentistry practice today.
Our General and Preventive Dentistry Services
To keep your smile whole and healthy, we are happy to provide a wide range of preventive dentistry services, including the following:
Twice a Year Dental Checkups & Professional Hygiene Visits
In keeping with American Dental Association recommendations, we encourage patients to visit our team at least two times each year. These biannual exams and teeth cleanings give our team the opportunity to partner with you to prevent many oral health concerns. We will also be able to diagnose and begin treating dental health concerns that aren’t preventable in the earliest stages.
Dental Sealants & Fluoride Supplements for Kids
As kids are still learning to brush and floss, their smiles are at greater risk for damage and decay. Dental sealants and fluoride supplements can help to strengthen and protect these growing smiles. Sealants coat the teeth, placing a barrier between your child’s smile and decay-causing bacteria and plaque. Oral and topical fluoride supplements will strengthen tooth enamel minimizing risk for damage.
Gum Disease Prevention & Treatment
Periodontal (gum) disease affects millions of adults in the US, and it’s the leading cause of tooth loss for patients over the age of 35. Perhaps the most startling statistic is that gum disease is almost 100% preventable. With thorough daily hygiene at home and regular dental exams and professional teeth cleanings, most patients will never need to worry about gum disease. If you do suffer from this oral health condition, we offer a variety of therapies to help you achieve the optimal level of oral health.
TMJ Assessment & Therapy
Jaw pain, limited movement, and clicking and grinding sounds can all be indicative of TMJ dysfunction. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the jaw to the skull bone allowing for comfortable movement. When these small joints are damaged, patients can struggle to speak, chew, smile, or even yawn. Our team is happy to offer TMJ assessment as well as a variety of therapies to address TMJ dysfunction and restore the full range of jaw motion.
Recommendations & Fittings for Athletic Mouthguards
If you compete in any sport where your smile can come in contact with other players, hard surfaces, or athletic equipment, you may want to consider a mouthguard. We can custom craft these appliances to comfortably protect your smile during athletic competition and practice.
Oral Conscious & Nitrous Oxide Sedation for Anxious Patients
If you or a loved one experience dental anxiety or phobia, have sensitive teeth, gums, or gag reflexes, or need to complete numerous treatments in fewer visits, sedation dentistry may benefit you. Our team is happy to offer oral conscious and nitrous oxide “laughing gas” sedation to keep patients comfortable and free from stress during their dental appointments. Oral conscious sedation is a great option for anxious patients, since you’ll be able to start relaxing before you ever leave home. Simply take a prescription sedative pill about an hour before your visit and ask a trusted friend or family member to drive you to and from the office. You’ll be completely relaxed for 12 to 24 hours after taking your sedative, so plan to rest and relax following your treatment visit. Nitrous oxide is a milder sedative that is administered in our office. The effects take hold quickly, so we can easily adjust dosage to keep you comfortable throughout treatment. The effects wear away as quickly as they set in, so you can go right back to your regular daily routine immediately after your appointment.