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General Dentistry Treatment
Maintaining a healthy mouth begins with good preventive care. At Huntington Bay Dental, we provide our patients with exceptional general dentistry and treatment to keep our patients smiling. With each oral exam, we provide a comprehensive head and neck screening for the early detection of abnormalities, including head and neck cancers. We use intraoral photos to compare areas from appointment to appointment. Our diagnostic procedures include the use of digital x-rays, panoramic x-rays and 3D scans. We offer a wide range of treatment options, including treatment for TMJ problems, sleep apnea, periodontal problems, cavities, as well as root canals, crowns and bridges.
Dental Exam and Cleanings
Regular brushing and flossing is vital to the health and well-being of your mouth, but maintaining good dental hygiene also requires routine professional dental cleanings and oral exams. Individuals should have professional dental cleanings and oral exams at least every six months, depending on their particular needs. We customize your dental care based on your needs. Professional dental cleanings and oral exams are meant to be preventative in nature, helping patients avoid such problems as decay, gum disease, and infection. Our goal is to catch these problems before they progress. At Huntington Bay Dental, a dental cleaning includes scaling, root planning, and polishing, plus recommendations for further preventative or restorative care. Ask us more about Air-Flow Polishing, a gentle way of removing biofilm and stains. To schedule a cleaning, contact us at Huntington Bay Dental.
Advances in digital radiology allow us to x-ray our patients safely and quickly. Because a digital x-ray system requires no film, it reduces patient radiation exposure by 80 percent and eliminates hazardous waste. Patients simply close their mouths on digital sensors—instead of on film—while computers process the imagery. Within seconds, the digital images are ready for viewing.
Planmeca Promax 3D Scan and Panoramic Radiographs
Huntington Bay Dental is one of the few dental offices to be using Cone-Beam 3D imaging. 3D imaging provides an extremely diagnostic, low-dose x-ray for use in a wide variety of procedures. Nearly all implant dentistry requires 3D imaging. Most practices need to refer patients out of office for costly higher radiation images provided by a medical imaging center. The doctors at Huntington Bay Dental are experts with 3D imaging and provide the service at a very low cost. The 3D scan is important for planning implant surgeries as well as diagnosing and determining findings that cannot be seen on routine x-rays.
Fluoride prevents cavities in children and adults by making the outer surface of your teeth more resistant to acid attacks that cause tooth decay. Fluoride can also help to decrease sensitivity. It can be found in many toothpastes as well as applied to teeth in the form of a fluoride varnish. Children as well as adults are selected for fluoride treatments based on their risk of getting cavities. Prescription toothpastes and rinses can be prescribed to higher risk patients as well.
To prevent cavities from forming, sealants are bonded to teeth to act as barriers against cavity-causing bacteria. Typically, they are placed on the surfaces of back teeth that have fissures and deep grooves—teeth determined to be most susceptible to decay. Sealants create a smoother chewing surface so that teeth do not as easily trap food. Smooth surfaces also make brushing more effective and easier to clean. Sealants are made out of a tooth colored composite resin and not easily seen in most situations. In fact, in most cases, only a dentist can tell if someone has sealants on his or her teeth. Sealants are often recommended for children and teens; however, adults can be candidates for sealants as well.
Huntington Bay Dental recommends brushing and flossing twice a day at the very least. Patients who have the best home care brush for two minutes twice per day use mouth rinses, floss and chose diets which help them keep their teeth the healthiest. The use of an electric toothbrush does help and we do feel this helps to improve how your mouth looks and feels. The hygienists at Huntington Bay Dental would be happy to help you in bettering your technique.
Treatments for excessive snoring and sleep apnea are available at Huntington Bay Dental, where we offer oral dental appliances that can reduce or prevent the disturbing night-time noises and health risks associated with these sleep disorders. We work with the patient at length to review their medical history and collaborate with their doctors. For many of our patients with snoring disorders, we use a mandibular advancement type of appliance, which works by moving the lower jaw and tongue forward. It can be an effective, comfortable and durable alternative to CPAP therapy or corrective surgery. By simply wearing this appliance while sleeping, your lower jaw (mandible) will be moved forward into a comfortable position, allowing relaxation of the tissues at the back of your throat and ensuring the base of your tongue does not collapse and block your airway, giving you a safe and soundless sleep. If you think you may have questions regarding sleep apnea or snoring and how an appliance like this can help you, contact our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.