General dentistry focuses on prevention and elimination of dental disease. Maybe you’ve been away from the dentist for years, or you’re just looking for a new dentist in the Greenville area.
You may just think of it as your 6-month check-up, but our preventive dentistry care appointments are essential to avoiding problems like cavities, gum disease, and even some dental emergencies.
Most people benefit from a preventive care appointment twice a year, while others may need to be seen more frequently to manage their oral health. During these visits, we perform general dentistry essential steps like:
Carefully monitoring your teeth and existing restorations, Dr. Goldston is able to identify early changes that could become costly, invasive needs later on. During your exam we will assess your occlusion, TMJ function, integrity of existing treatment, wear patterns, and signs of enamel demineralization.
A professional teeth cleaning will remove calcified bacterial deposits along and underneath the gumlines. This prevents gum disease, a condition that causes tooth mobility and loss. It also keeps your smile clean and fresh!
Prescription fluoride varnish is extremely effective in reversing enamel demineralization, sensitivity, and protecting at-risk patients from developing cavities. We frequently apply fluoride to both adults and children after their cleanings for optimal absorption of the mineral into the tooth enamel.
High resolution digital x-rays enhance the way we screen for problems like cavities, bone loss, and infections below the gum tissue. Each one takes just a second to capture, and is visible on our in-room monitors to share our findings with you.
Gum Disease Screenings
Gingivitis can quickly turn into a serious condition known as periodontal disease if not addressed. During these screenings, we check for signs of tissue detachment and bone loss around each tooth.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Even the healthiest of patients may be at risk of developing oral cancer. That’s why Dr. Goldston screens for the condition during every check-up. Even if you don’t smoke or drink, you could be at risk for this deadly disease.
With early diagnosis, we can provide access to effective, minimally invasive care. Waiting until it is too late could cost you your life. If you’ve never had an oral cancer screening, or it has been over 6 months since your last check-up, call Greenville Family Smiles today.
Although it is always our goal to help you preserve your natural teeth, sometimes teeth reach a point where they are no longer restorable. Dr. Goldston may need to remove your tooth in order to return your smile to a more healthy condition.
Some of the reasons why we have to pull teeth may include conditions such as:
- Periodontal Disease
- Severe Tooth Decay
- Full Mouth Rehabilitation
- Orthodontic Therapy
The most important part of your dental extraction is keeping you comfortable. Dr. Goldston will numb the area around the tooth to minimize any discomfort that you might feel. Sedation is also available.
Once a tooth has been removed, it is natural for bone loss to occur around the empty tooth socket. This can weaken your jaw, compromise the stability of adjacent teeth, and complicate future tooth replacement. Dr. Goldston takes special steps after the extraction to preserve the bone around the tooth socket so that these risks can be avoided.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the 3rd and final set of molars to erupt in the adult dentition. For most people, they begin erupting in the mid-teen years into the late 20s. Some people never have problems with their wisdom teeth, while others do. Most of the time, the problems are due to lack of space for the tooth to erupt fully into the mouth.
Removing the wisdom teeth may be done early on if problems are spotted, or after the patient begins to experience discomfort. The most common reasons we extract these teeth typically include conditions like:
- Decay around the wisdom tooth
- Gum disease
- Pain, swelling, or infection
- Impacted teeth
- Damage to adjacent teeth
If you suspect that your wisdom teeth are coming in, schedule an exam and x-ray with our Greenville dentist for quick answers to all of your questions.
Questions About Our General Dentistry Services?
In most cases, our goal is to help you preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible. That’s why our preventive and restorative services include so many options. No one treatment is right for every single person. Dr. Goldston will customize your care plan to meet your specific oral health needs and long-term goals.
Check out our complete menu of comprehensive dental services for all of your oral care.