A lifetime of good dental health needs more than just daily brushing and flossing. To reduce your chances of developing problems like cavities or gingivitis, it’s important to visit your dentist at least twice a year for routine cleanings and exams. In addition to preventing plaque and tartar buildup in those hard-to-reach places, these appointments also allow your dentist an opportunity to identify any areas of concern or potential problems and fix them before they get worse.
Dental cleanings help remove the plaque, tartar, and bacteria that can accumulate in your mouth and lead to issues like bad breath, tooth decay, or gum disease. During a dental cleaning, one of our dental hygienists will use specialized tools to scrape off these sticky substances that build up along and below the gum line, between your teeth, and in other places daily brushing and flossing just can’t reach.
Exams are conducted after your cleaning by one of our friendly dentists. The dentist will check your gums, teeth, oral tissue, tongue, and throat for any abnormalities like lesions or discolorations. He or she will also evaluate the biting surfaces of your teeth for any indications of tooth decay as well as for signs you may be clenching or grinding. They will also check your gums for swelling, tenderness, or receding gum lines that could signify early gum disease, and they’ll review any x-rays you may have had taken by the dental hygienist to check for things like bone loss, tooth decay, or other irregularities in your jaw and teeth. All of this helps your dentist identify any current or potential problems so they can be resolved before they worsen or cause more damage.
Bright Now! Dental understands how important routine dental cleanings and exams are, so we make them easy with extended hours, weekend appointments, online scheduling, and accessible retail locations that help you get in, get out, and get on with your day. We also accept almost every major insurance, so you can receive quality care at an affordable price.
When it comes to dental health, sometimes an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Preventative services like dental sealants and fluoride treatments give your teeth a little extra support to stay healthy and strong. When applied as a complement to good daily oral hygiene like brushing and flossing, preventative treatments have been shown to help strengthen enamel, prevent tooth decay, and restore protective minerals.
Dental sealants and fluoride treatments are especially important for young children with developing teeth. Sealants can help protect deeply-grooved or pitted molars and premolars that are hard to clean. Fluoride—a naturally-occurring mineral that restores and reinforces tooth enamel—is often applied as a varnish or gel as an added layer of protection for enamel that is weak, eroded, or susceptible to decay.
At Bright Now! Dental, prevention is our passion, and all of our dentists and dental hygienists are trained to identify high-risk or cavity-prone teeth so we can get them the protection they need. Here’s more on Bright Now!’s preventative dentistry services.
Your teeth should last a lifetime, but sometimes things like cavities or damage happen, even with the best dental care. Fillings, crowns, and bridges are restorative treatment options that repair dental damage for a smile that looks and functions exactly as it should.
Fillings—also commonly referred to as dental restorations—replace parts of a tooth that have been damaged and removed due to injury or decay. A filling preserves the integrity of the tooth, restores the chewing surfaces, and prevents further damage and tooth loss.
Crowns are caps that fit over worn, damaged, or discolored teeth to restore their function and aesthetic. They may also be used to replace missing teeth.
Bridges are a set of two or more crowns designed to fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges can be supported by dental implants or by natural teeth on either side of a gap.
A root canal is also a type of restorative dentistry that removes the infected or inflamed pulp of a tooth. Root canals are used to treat dental abscesses that can result from untreated cavities, cracked or broken teeth, or gum disease.
As part of our full complement of general dentistry services, Bright Now! Dental is also proud to offer sedation dentistry and emergency dental care for everyone in your family.
Bright Now! Dental is your local, affordable choice for quality general, specialty dentistry and orthodontics. We accept most dental insurance and we offer flexible financing and payment plans with low interest and extended terms. We also offer the OneSmile Dental Plan, which gives members access to free dental exams and x-rays, and discounts on any dental service, all for one low annual price. Visit us here to find the location nearest you and schedule an appointment online.