For leading preventive dentistry in Santa Rosa, visit Dr. Harry Albers and his friendly, highly trained team. We offer the full suite of preventative dentistry services to help maintain your optimum oral health both now and into the future.
At your regular check-up appointments, we clean your teeth with professional scaling and polishing instruments to remove the hard tartar (calculus) and plaque (soft deposits) from your teeth. These deposits contain toxin-producing bacterial colonies that affect not just your teeth but also the supporting gums and bone (periodontium).
Without preventive dentistry in Santa Rosa, these deposits can lead to periodontitis or gum disease. Periodontitis erodes the foundation in which your teeth live, eventually causing the loosening or total loss of teeth. The buildup of bacterial deposits such as plaque is also linked to a range of other health problems, from premature births to heart disease. So, as you can see professional dental cleanings - or ‘hygiene therapy - is a an essential part of preventive dental care.
As restorations become larger, your dentist may recommend more protective restorations such as onlays or crowns to prevent your tooth from fracturing while you are chewing. Even small restorations that feel fine may be defective and need to be replaced – as could happen with a leaking filling.
When a filling leaks, oral bacteria can creep beneath the restoration at the tooth/filling interface to trigger new decay. This decay can progress and endanger the pulp (nerve) far more quickly than if the decay started on the tooth surface. Replacing a leaking filling can prevent the pulp from being affected and the resulting need for root canal treatment.
The examples illustrate our comprehensive approach to preventive dentistry in Santa Rosa. All dental treatments which help to protect against oral and health problems, can also be seen as preventive treatments.
To learn more about how you can benefit from preventive dentistry, please phone our offices to make an appointment on (707) 575-1190 today.