General Dentistry Troy
The best ways to avoid painful dental problems from occurring are to practice good oral hygiene habits and see the dentist at least twice a year. Many individuals believe that simply brushing and flossing are enough to prevent decay and periodontal disease; however, this is not the case. Going to the dentist on a regular basis is necessary for a number of reasons. Dr. Keith Kelley performs general dentistry procedures for his Troy, Michigan patients in order to help ensure that their smiles remain as healthy as possible, for as long as possible – even forever! To learn more about general dentistry procedures, please continue reading. Then, contact our Troy dental practice today.
Routine Dental Visits
Every six months you should come to our office for a routine checkup, during which we will administer:
Examination – Dr. Kelley will first perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums. A skilled dentist can detect decay or other potential problems more easily than patients typically can upon first glance. He will inspect all areas of the mouth with the goal of catching any issues as early on as possible, so they do not worsen. He will also make sure that any restorations you have are still intact and are clean and healthy.
X-rays and digital imaging – X-rays are typically taken at least once a year of the entire mouth, including the teeth, gums, jaw, occlusion (bite), sinuses, and bone structure. Our advanced Schick Digital X-ray system can reveal any deeper oral health problems that aren’t as obvious, such as decay in between teeth, bone loss or damage, gum disease, cysts, tumors, impacted teeth, and other abnormalities, with 80 percent less radiation than traditional X-rays. We keep all records and images on file digitally.
Professional cleaning – A professional teeth cleaning is different from your everyday brushing at home. Dr. Kelley’s gentle dental hygienist uses special tools to deep clean the teeth both above and below the gum line. With our special equipment, we can effectively remove any plaque, which causes decay, cavities, and gum disease. Our hygienist will also polish the teeth, so they look extra healthy, clean, and beautiful.
Preventive treatments – Prevention is important for everyone, but particularly for young children whose teeth are still developing. Dr. Kelley may recommend a dental sealant, which is a plastic coating that is applied to the molars to fill in and “seal” any tiny cracks and grooves, which are most susceptible to decay. Sealants help prevent harmful plaque and bacteria from damaging teeth in hard-to-reach places. A fluoride gel is applied to the teeth to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay.
Patient education – We take the time to teach our patients proper methods of caring for their teeth while at home. With the right brushing and flossing techniques, patients can best keep teeth clean and healthy. Additionally, we will answer any questions you may have to make sure that you are well-informed on correct oral hygiene.
General Dentistry Treatments
If Dr. Kelley detects any problems during your visit, he will also perform the necessary treatment to rectify the situation, which may include:
Dental fillings – When decay, or a cavity, is present, Dr. Kelley will have to remove the infected portion of the tooth and administer dental fillings. We recommend white composite fillings for a natural, undetectable appearance.
Root canal therapy – If decay is left untreated, it inevitably spreads to the deeper chambers of the tooth where the root exists, often causing extreme pain and discomfort. Dr. Kelley performs root canal therapy, which involves the removal of the infected tissue followed by the placement of dental filling or crown.
Periodontal care – Gum disease is a serious problem that, when left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. Dr. Kelley performs scaling and root planing to treat the early onset of gingivitis. Dr. Kelley utilizes the advanced Biolase® Waterlase MD™ dental laser for optimal comfort and efficiency. For more advanced periodontal disease, Dr. Kelley may recommend surgical treatments.
Dentures – Patients who are missing some or all of their natural teeth have the option of wearing dentures – removable artificial teeth – to improve the appearance of their mouths and restore the ability to eat and speak with ease. For even greater comfort and stability, dentures can be supported by dental implants.
Learn More about General Dentistry
Do not put off seeing the dentist regularly for any reason. Dr. Kelley is committed to making sure patients feel comfortable and calm during their treatments. We want you to have a pleasant experience, so you continue to come back to have your oral health needs met. To learn more about general dentistry, contact our Troy dental practice today.