Preventative Care

Teeth

Preventative Care

Prevetative care is the most important step you can take in taking care of your teeth.
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Teeth

Teeth cleaning (also known as prophylaxis, literally a preventive treatment of a disease) is a procedure for the removal of tartar (mineralized plaque) that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult to reach in routine toothbrushing. It is often done by a dental hygienist. Professional cleaning includes tooth scaling and tooth polishing and debridement if too much tartar has accumulated. This involves the use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth.
Here at Legends Family Dental we recommend having your teeth cleaned every six months. More frequent cleaning and examination may be necessary during the treatment of dental and other oral disorders. Routine examination of the teeth is recommended at least every year. This may include yearly, select dental X-rays.
Good oral hygiene helps to prevent cavities, tartar build-up, and gum disease. At Legends Family Dental we want to help you in preventing all bad oral hygiene.

Teeth

Legends Family Dental now offers dental cone beam CT, also known as CBCT. Dental cone beam CT is a special type of dental imaging we use when regular dental x-rays are not sufficient for planning your treatment. CBCT has become more important in diagnosis and treatment planning for implant dentistry, oral surgery, endodontics, and orthodontics. This dental imaging provides us with a better 3-D image of your teeth, bone, soft tissues, and nerve pathways in just one scan
How does Dental Cone Beam CT work?
If your dentist decides CBCT is right for you, the CBCT scanner will rotate around your head, taking up to 600 distinct images. For a regional scan, it may take less than 10 seconds, while a full mouth scan may take up to 40 seconds. Once the scan is complete, the software will reconstruct the data producing a 3-D image that can be manipulated to see the necessary structures.
For example, imagine that you want to see inside a cake. To do this you can cut layers, small slices, or even large slices to see every part of the inside of the cake. The dental CT does exactly this. It takes x-rays in small slices so your dentist can see every part of your teeth, bone, soft tissues, and nerve pathways to provide the right treatment plan.

Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth -- usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) -- to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Although thorough brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, they cannot always get into all the nooks and crannies of the back teeth to remove the food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by "sealing out" plaque and food.
Who Should Get Sealants?
Because of the likelihood of developing decay in the depressions and grooves of the premolars and molars, children and teenagers are candidates for sealants. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.
Typically, children should get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. In this way, the sealants can protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14