At Bryan Hill, DDS, we are here to serve the oral health needs for every member of the family. As a family dentist, our focus is on preventing issues through preventive steps, education and communication, rather than just treating problems when they arise. If you and your family are in need of professional dental services, we can help. Our family service include:
We hope to see our patients twice a year for a dental cleaning. This time frame can range based on the individual patient’s needs. A dental cleaning is an important preventive step in your oral health. We use this time to remove decay causing plaque, check the status of your gums, and provide important tips and guidelines for proper brushing and flossing.
In general, we tend to see our patients for a dental exam twice a year following their dental cleaning. During your exam we look for anything unusual or troublesome, this includes checking your teeth, gums, soft tissue and supporting bone tissue. We also use this time to answer any questions and provide any dental education that is pertinent to the patient.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Our oral cancer screening process involves a visual examination of the entire oral cavity aimed at identifying any signs of cancer or precancerous lesions in your mouth. We are looking for changes in color, texture, the development of lumps or bumps, or sores that are not healing appropriately. With regular screenings during your dental appointments, we can help you catch any signs of oral cancer earlier.
Dentistry For Kids
Professional dental care is a crucial part of your child's oral health. We like to start developing a professional relationship with your child around the age of two. Studies have shown that consistent dental visits in a calm environment benefit children’s long term dental health. We can also discuss age appropriate dental care and preventive steps that we recommend including early orthodontic visits to reduce the need for larger orthodontic treatment later, dental sealants, appropriate diet and more.
A dental sealant is a plastic shield that we can place to serve as a barrier between your child’s tooth and bacteria. Because children are still developing good brushing habits, and teeth can come with lots of nooks and crannies, we can protect these vulnerable areas with sealants. Dental sealants are recommended for all adolescent age patients and adults when it seems that additional prevention would be beneficial.
Taking care of your gums is just as important as your teeth. Your gums help support your teeth staying firmly in place. Gum disease is a common, but destructive disorder. Patients who suffer from chronic periodontal disease can experience tissue loss and tooth loss.
We can create a treatment place that includes periodontal maintenance services for our patients who suffer from chronic periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. We may recommend a deep cleaning, involving scaling and root planing, we may as k to see you more frequently, and we may need to discuss restorative treatments including tissue growth or tooth restoration.
Dental technology has advanced greatly in recent years. In fact, at Bryan Hill, DDS, we use today’s laser technology to help our patients have the least invasive procedures possible. Laser treatment allows us to remove diseased tissue, or make necessary cuts more directly with less damage to the tissue. This means quicker healing and less time in the dental chair.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is our jaw joint that allows us to open and close our jaw. At times, patients can experience problems, including bite issues, inflammation, or more, that can disrupt the process of this joint. The results can be popping, clicking, pain, facial pain, even migraines or the inability to fully open or close their jaw. Some patients experience extreme symptoms and some experience just minor annoyance. We provide some treatments designed to alleviate any pain or discomfort associated with the TMJ.
If you participate in physical activities that put you at risk for dental trauma or injury, we strongly recommend a mouthguard. A mouthguard will protect your teeth and prevent dental emergencies.
If you suffer from bruxism, an unconscious disorder that causes teeth grinding or clenching, we may recommend a night guard as part of your treatment. Many patients with bruxism tend to grind their teeth during sleep. A night guard acts as a barrier that prevents enamel wear.
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To learn more about our family dentistry services call (509)468-4040, and schedule an appointment now!