Many people believe that brushing and flossing are enough to keep the teeth and gums healthy. While brushing and flossing are important, it is equally important to see a dentist regularly as well. Dr. Scott Udoff performs general dentistry procedures at his Middletown, New York dental practice to ensure healthy, happy smiles that last a lifetime. Dental issues that are left untreated inevitably worsen, and if neglected entirely could result in tooth loss. A dentist has the expertise to catch early onset of any oral health problems, and administer treatment so teeth remain strong and healthy. To learn more about general dentistry, contact our Middletown dental practice today.
Routine Office Visits
The goal of general dentistry is to detect any problems in their earliest stages, and to prevent issues from occurring. It is important to see a dentist every six month to ensure your smile is always at its healthiest. During routine checkups, the following typically occurs:
Exam – Dr. Udoff performs a thorough examination of the teeth and gums. Using specialized dental tools, he will poke around in the mouth, looking for any obvious signs of decay or infection. Dr. Udoff also checks the entire mouth for any signs of oral cancer.
X-rays – X-rays are typically taken annually, and can reveal any deeper issues happening in the mouth. Dr. Udoff evaluates the X-rays to identify whether any problems are prevalent in the gums, bones, or teeth – particularly in hard-to-see areas, like in between teeth.
Professional cleaning – Our gentle dental hygienist will administer a professional teeth cleaning, which is powerful enough to eliminate harmful plaque and bacteria much more effectively than your everyday brushing and flossing. The hygienist will also floss and polish the teeth so they are clean and sparkly.
Preventive treatments – It is best to take steps to prevent issues before they have a chance to begin. Dr. Udoff may recommend a fluoride treatment – a dose of healthy minerals that fight harmful bacteria. Or he may suggest dental sealants – a plastic coating that fills in and “seals” the tiny cracks and grooves in back teeth that are most susceptible to decay.
Patient education – We take the time to educate patients on proper techniques for brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Good at-home oral hygiene habits, combined with regular checkups can ensure a healthy and happy smile for a lifetime.
General Dentistry Treatments
If any issues are detected during your appointment, Dr. Udoff will recommend the best course of treatment, which may include:
Dental fillings – Dr. Udoff will have to remove any decay, if present. Once the decay is drilled away, the tooth is then restored with tooth-colored dental filling. The composite-resin material is strong and durable, and made to match the natural teeth for a beautiful, inconspicuous appearance.
Root canal therapy – If decay is left untreated, it will spread to the inner chambers of the tooth, where the tooth root and pulp exist. Dr. Udoff will then perform root canal therapy, which involves the removal of any infected pulp tissue. The tooth is then filled with dental filling, or a dental crown is placed over the tooth.
Periodontal treatment – If Dr. Udoff detects early onset of gum disease or gingivitis, it will need to be treated right away, so as to not worsen. He will perform scaling and root planing, which involves deep cleaning below the gum line. He may also prescribe a medical-grade mouthwash to use at home. Because gum disease is caused by poor oral hygiene Dr. Udoff will make sure you are well-informed regarding prevention before leaving our office.
Learn More about General Dentistry
Regularly visiting a skilled dentist such as Dr. Udoff is the best thing you can do for your smile. Do you want to have a mouth full of beautiful, white teeth that will last for the rest of your life? If so, then you need to take the necessary steps to keep them strong and healthy. To learn more about general dentistry,contact our Middletown dental practice today.