Have you ever been in the dentist’s chair and wondered what exactly they were doing inside your mouth? If so, you’re not alone. Although nearly 65% of American adults visit the dentist each year, most don’t know exactly what goes on during a routine dental appointment or cleaning. This lack of information is probably the number one culprit of dental anxiety, but it doesn’t have to be! Keep reading for a breakdown of what we do here at Rebol Family Dentistry, including the ways that we help people in the Asheville area have a healthier and happier smile.
In between visits to the dentist, most people will experience a buildup of tartar or plaque. During a regular cleaning, our dentist or hygienist will use a pick-like device to remove the tartar by scraping it from the gumline. This is important, as excess tartar or plaque can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems. Our dentist or hygienist also may polish your teeth and floss for you.
Dental appointments are an opportunity to check up on teeth, and as so they will include an examination. Most dentists use an angled mirror and metal probe to assess a patient’s mouth.
During this time, Dr. Rebol or Dr. Sparks will check for the softening of tooth enamel and dentin. They also will be looking out for any gum swelling or redness. After that, they will measure your mouth’s periodontal pockets. These are the spaces between the tooth and where the gum tissue attaches to it. Deep pockets can be a sign of gum disease and require close monitoring.
A Rebol examination typically includes:
- Diagnostic X-rays
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Periodontal Screening (for Gum Disease)
- Cavities Screening
- Examination of the Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ) and Jaw Position
- Occlusal (Bite) Analysis
All those different screenings and analyses lead to the same goal: a healthy mouth! They are important for the longevity of your teeth and gums.
Cavities are an unfortunate part of life, but treating them sooner rather than later will benefit your overall health. One study found that 85% of Americans had at least one tooth affected by decay by the age of 40. During your dental appointment, our doctors will check your teeth thoroughly for cavities. If a filling is necessary, you’ll have the option of choosing either a durable composite resin filling that more closely matches the color of your teeth or a silver amalgam filling to seal a cavity.
Gum Disease Treatment
Red, swollen gums could be more than just painful; they are a typical indicator of gum disease. During all routine examinations, your gums will be checked for signs of gum disease, which can be seen in two ways:
- Gingivitis – The earliest stage of gum disease, causing an inflammation and some bleeding of the gums from plaque buildup at the gumline. Gingivitis causes gum inflammation but no bone loss.
- Periodontitis – The second stage, where the supporting bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place are damaged, causes bone damage and loss.
To treat gum disease, our office employs a number of techniques and technologies. Computerized charting allows us to measure the depth of the infected areas as well as the presence of healthy areas. This allows us to tailor treatment specifically to each patient and follow along as their condition improves and the gum disease is treated. Modern ultrasonic equipment also is used to remove plaque buildup efficiently and comfortably. Finally, our dental hygienists have received extensive training to remove bacteria-ridden plaque and tartar through soft tissue therapy, which is key to eliminating periodontal disease.
Your Next Appointment
Most experts agree that individuals with teeth and gums in good shape shouldn’t go longer than six months between visits. The Rebol office team will assist you in scheduling your next appointment before you leave that day.
Whether your needs are routine or something more involved, such as oral surgery, Rebol Family Dentistry is available to help. We offer a range of treatments administered by professional and well-qualified doctors and hygienists.
Schedule a consultation to come in and speak with our team today!