Teeth play a critical role in chewing food for the proper absorption of nutrients by our bodies. It is essential that we take good care of them for overall health. Habits such as eating junk food, smoking, and drinking alcohol wreak havoc on our dental health as much as neglecting standard daily oral hygiene. Going to the dentist on a regular basis (twice a year) is an essential preventative measure that will ensure that your teeth stay healthy and strong.

Most first visits with a dentist include a dental exam, radiographs (x-rays) and a dental cleaning. An examination and radiographs will help the dentist identify disease of the gum tissue (gingivitis or periodontal disease) and tooth decay.

Tooth decay often creates no pain until it reaches the nerve of the tooth and patients often do not realize it is there. An exam every 6 months can quickly identify problem areas and often can be addressed in a quick and conservative manner.

If gum tissue appears relatively healthy with no loss of bone support or gum support, a preventative (prophylaxis) or simple cleaning can be done. These cleanings will remove all tartar and plaque above the gum tissue and no greater than 3 mm below the gum tissue.

Patients with bone loss, excessive build up with loss of gum attachment often require a different type of cleaning or periodontal therapy. Deep cleanings (also called scaling and root planning) are services we provide patients who are diagnosed with periodontal disease. Patients with complex health histories, a history of smoking or no maintenance for several years, may be candidates. This will be evaluated and discussed by your dentist.

The general dentistry services that we provide at Katy Oaks Dental will help you maintain and care for your teeth and gums. We are also able to provide competitive, complex restorative solutions to individuals seeking to improve the cosmetic appearance of their smiles.