Our Family Dental practice has the ability, training, staff, and modern dental technology to treat patients of any age. We hope to welcome entire families into the office, whether the patients are toddlers or seniors. We approach each case with a personalized approach, identifying your dental needs and considering them alongside your lifestyle and age to determine the proper treatment.
PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY FOR ADULTS
Throughout our busy lives, it’s easy to overlook or skimp on oral care. A reminder of how you should be treating your teeth can prevent substantial tooth and gum damage later in life. Seeing your dentist for regular checkups and professional teeth cleanings will aid in the prevention of tooth decay and periodontal disease.
DURING YOUR CLEANING, OUR DENTAL STAFF WILL SPEAK WITH YOU ABOUT:
How to Properly Brush & Floss
Prevention of Periodontal Disease
Additionally, our hygienists at will remove plaque and calculus (hardened plaque) from your teeth, as well as polish them to give you a fresh and glowing smile. The benefits of regular dental cleanings range from fresher breath and a brighter smile to identification of more serious health issues by your dentist. Many significant illnesses are manifested early on in your mouth, including diabetes and kidney disease. A quick cleaning and examination can provide vital premature identification of that disease.
Periodontal disease, also referred to as periodontitis or gum disease, is a wide-ranging spectrum of soft tissue infections in the mouth. Typically following gingivitis, or inflamed gums, periodontal disease is the next step of infection. It is easily recognizable by your dentist and is easily treatable in stages of infancy. The recognition of periodontal disease is the most important reason for you to keep regular dental checkups, as an early treatment will save your mouth and your money. Avoid potential shifting teeth, root canals, and tooth loss by seeing your Dentist for a periodontal disease examination.
What are the signs of periodontal disease?
Been away from the dentist for a while and concerned about your oral health? If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, the issue could be periodontitis and you should seek a professional examination:
Persistent bad breath
Red, inflamed gums
Painful or bleeding gums
Oddly loose teeth
Heightened tooth sensitivity
What are the most common treatments for periodontitis?
Deep teeth cleaning – Simply a more thorough version of the cleaning you undergo at regular dental exams, this deep cleaning will remove plaque and tartar from your gum-line (a process known as scaling). Your King dentist will also undertake root planing, removing bacteria and roughened surface of your teeth’s roots. These practices are non-invasive and simply involve dental scaling (scraping) tools. After the cleaning, your dentist will likely recommend a Anti Microbial wash to help you battle future infection.
Tissue rejuvenation – Tissue grafting procedures stimulate weakened bone and gum tissues, allowing for tissue regeneration. Antibiotic treatments may be applied to the tissues.
Pocket reduction – A surgical treatment that both removes deep deposits of tartar and reduces infected spaces between the teeth and gums will speed your healing process.
If teeth are lost due to periodontal disease, dental implants in combination with porcelain crowns will restore the tooth and root structures unnoticeably. Your King dentist may employ tissue regeneration to strengthen the surrounding bone in preparation for the implant
PROTECT YOUR TOOTH AND JAWBONE INTEGRITY:
Certain dental conditions are much more likely to occur in patients over the age of sixty, and we will take extra care during seniors’ dental check-ups to check for signs of:
Bruxism, or teeth grinding
Cracked tooth syndrome
Worn dentition / Brittle teeth
Worn or broken fixed bridges
Need for dentures or partial dentures
Grinding (bruxism) is dangerous because it often goes unrecognized. Sufferers can grind subconsciously, while stressed or while asleep. If bruxism is left untreated, it can cause cracked or chipped teeth, gum and bone damage, broken fillings, enamel wear, a loss of bite alignment, and head, jaw, and mouth pain. Bruxism may seem commonplace or innocuous (30-40 million Americans are documented tooth grinders), but its effects can be devastating. Your dentist will easily notice signs of bruxism, so it is vital that you let your dentist know if you are experiencing general mouth pain. We will outfit you with grinding trays to ease wear and pressure on your teeth.
CRACKED TOOTH SYNDROME
Cracked tooth syndrome is a common side effect of long-term bruxism. Grinding creates unnecessary pressure on your teeth, especially your molars, and leads to tiny cracks forming beneath your gum line. These cracks are invisible but cause biting and chewing pain. Let your dentist know if you are experiencing general pain across your back teeth.
WORN DENTITION AND BRITTLE TEETH
Worn dentition, or eroded teeth, removes vital dental defenses. Without proper enamel and tooth surface, your tooth roots and nerves can become exposed. When the hard enamel tooth surface wears away, the softer internal dentin is left to defend the tooth. This leads to extreme tooth sensitivity and an increased risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Your King dentists will recommend a prescription fluoride toothpaste and potential in-office fluoride treatment to protect your softened teeth and exposed roots from decay.
Like bones and other calcified structures in the body, the teeth become more brittle and break as they age. After the age of 50, your teeth will typically begin to lose moisture and become prone to breaking. Brittle teeth are worsened by other oral diseases, and can be a sign of a larger health issue..
As we age, the salivary glands’ health deteriorates and they produce less moisture. Dry mouth is a common concern of patients over the age of 50, worsened by various medications and by stress. Without a cleansing bath of saliva in the mouth, acid produced by bacteria increases and your teeth are much more vulnerable to decay. Your gums are also likely to become inflamed, tender, and reddened. Your King Family Dentists have treated senior patients for decades, and are prepared to battle your dry mouth. Out practice offers therapeutic oral rinses to protect your teeth and help prevent future extensive dental repairs.
WORN OR BROKEN FIXED BRIDGES
Fixed bridges rely on surrounding dental and natural structures in the mouth to survive, and a single structure’s weakening can lead to your fixed bridge loosening, breaking, or falling out. Your King Family Dentists have years of experience repairing bridges, and want to ensure that you have strong bridge support to maintain a healthy bite. Additionally, if you have an older bridge that may contain metal and not blend with your surrounding teeth, we would be happy to remake you a ceramic structure that will be unnoticeable in your mouth. Make an appointment to fix a bridge or simply speak with a King dentist about how to ensure that your bridge stays healthy and strong.
DENTURES OR PARTIAL DENTURES
Dentures, removable replacements for your natural teeth, have become much more natural and comfortable with modern dental technologies. Your King Family Dentists often recommend installing dentures or partial dentures that are implant-supported so that your dentures sit more comfortably in your mouth. Dental implant-supported dentures last longer, are more functional, and far less noticeable.
LASER TREATMENT FOR GUM DISEASE
Lasers can be used to treat periodontal disease. Current controlled studies have shown that similar results have been found with the laser compared to specific other treatment options, including scaling and root planing alone. Scaling and root planning is a traditional non-surgical therapy used to treat periodontal diseases.
CAN THE USE OF LASERS IN PERIODONTAL THERAPY HARM PATIENTS?
Yes and no. Each laser has different wavelengths and power levels that can be used safely during different periodontal procedures. However, damage to periodontal tissues can result if a laser with an inappropriate wavelength and/or power level is used during a periodontal procedure.
DOES THE RESEARCH ON LASERS SUPPORT THEIR USE IN PERIODONTICS AT THIS TIME?
At this time, there is insufficient evidence to suggest that any specific laser wavelength is superior to the traditional treatment methods of the common periodontal diseases, such as periodontitis.
CAN I TRUST THE CLAIMS IN AN AD FOR PERIODONTAL THERAPY PERFORMED WITH A LASER?
It is important to beware of advertising that sounds too good to be true because it very well may be. A dental professional can help you separate fact from hype.
WILL MY INSURANCE CARRIER COVER THE USE OF A LASER IN PERIODONTAL THERAPY?
Insurance carriers reimburse for the procedure being performed rather than the device used to perform it. Therefore, whether your periodontist uses traditional tools instruments for treatment or lasers, your reimbursement will be the same for that specific procedure. Before having surgery consenting to surgery or treatment by laser, always consult with your insurance carrier to determine what procedures are covered in your plan, as well as the extent of coverage.