Preventive Dentistry – Tyler, TX
Your Path to a Healthy Smile
It’s important to regularly attend general dentistry appointments at a skilled dentist’s office. Dr. Stansbury sees patients twice a year for dental checkups and cleanings to keep an eye on their overall oral health. These visits are recommended by the American Dental Association, as many dental problems can go unnoticed by an untrained eye. Dr. Stansbury can identify, correct, and prevent potential oral health issues during these appointments. Call today to schedule your appointment for preventive dentistry at our Tyler, Texas dental office.
Why Choose Stansbury Dental for Preventive Dentistry?
- DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Detection
- All-Digital X-Rays & Cone Beam
- Decades of Proven Clinical Experience
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
Many people have pits and grooves in their teeth where bacteria can easily hide and cause decay. Dental sealants create an impenetrable physical barrier against small food particles and cavity-causing bacteria, making them highly effective at preventing tooth surface decay and the resulting cavities. Sealants can last up to ten years. You can ask Dr. Stansbury about this beneficial technique at your next appointment or when you contact our dental office.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Many people unconsciously clench their jaw and grind their teeth when they are stressed, and for some, this only occurs while they are asleep. This is a condition called bruxism, and left alone, it can severely wear down the teeth to the point that they actually break! We can help patients with this issue rest a little easier with a custom-made nightguard. It is a small oral appliance that fits over the teeth and protects them from making harmful contact during the night.
Mouthguards & Sportsguards
Did you know that dental injuries account for 40% of all sports-related injuries? That’s a lot of broken and knocked out teeth! An easy way to keep your smile in one piece the next time you hit the field, mat, or court is to wear a custom-made mouthguard from Dr. Stansbury. His mouthguards are not only much thicker and stronger than generic ones, but more comfortable as well, because they are personalized to fit over a patient’s unique teeth.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is an often fatal disease that is actually very treatable when detected early, which is why Dr. Stansbury includes an oral cancer screening as part of every routine checkup. He’ll spend a few minutes looking at your mouth and the surrounding areas for any signs of cancerous or precancerous cells (such as persistent sores or scaly patches of tissue). If he finds anything that causes concern, he can help you get the follow-up care you need right away.
For decades, it has been common knowledge that fluoride helps protect the teeth from decay and cavities, which is why you’ll often find it added to toothpaste and community water sources. However, many people don’t get enough on a day to day basis to keep their smile completely safe, which is why we can include a concentrated fluoride treatment as part of your regular visits. It’s quick, it’s painless, and it’s one of the best ways to keep your mouth healthy between appointments.
Preventive Dentistry FAQs
Preventive dentistry is essential for a healthy smile, but it’s normal to have a few questions about the services. Dr. Stansbury strives to help his patients make educated decisions for their smiles. He’ll explain everything throughout your appointment; however, here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions to ease any apprehensions.
How often should I have a cleaning and checkup?
The American Dental Association recommends anyone over the age of 1 has a cleaning and checkup every 6 months. Although semi-annual appointments are enough for most patients, your dentist may suggest more frequent visits, such as if you are at risk of certain issues, like gum disease. You may also need additional appointments to monitor current dental concerns.
What can preventive dentistry do for me?
Dentistry focuses on prevention because it is proven to preserve oral health to reduce long-term dental costs. Research has shown every $1 spent on preventive dentistry can reduce restorative fees by up to $50. Routine cleanings and checkups allow your dentist to stop common dental problems from occurring, like tooth decay and gum disease. You’ll lessen your risk of tooth loss to enjoy your natural teeth for longer. With oral and general health closely connected, you can maintain a healthy mouth and body through the power of prevention.
How much does preventive dentistry cost?
Every smile is unique, so there isn’t any way to know how much you’ll pay without first examining your mouth. However, if you have dental insurance, you may only be responsible for a copayment. Most dental plans include 100% preventive coverage, allowing you to visit your dentist every 6 months for minimal expense. Besides using your dental benefits, we offer several solutions to keep a healthy smile within your budget, like third-party financing.
Do I still need an appointment if I don’t have any concerns?
It’s best to maintain your semi-annual cleanings and checkups, even if you don’t have any current dental concerns. Not all issues cause symptoms right away, like weakened enamel or inflamed gums. Your dentist can detect any concerns while they are still small to prevent them from worsening. If you delay routine appointments, you are opening the door to a costly dental emergency. Many urgent oral health issues result from untreated problems, like tooth decay or gum disease. Although you may never expect to need an emergency dentist, 1 in 6 Americans finds themselves in this position annually. You can avoid an unexpected trip to your dentist by committing to your regular dental visits.
What if I am scared to visit the dentist?
If you suffer from dental-related fears or phobias, you are not alone. Our office strives to help our patients feel comfortable and relaxed. However, if you need a little extra help conquering your anxieties, we offer sedation dentistry. Depending on your needs, you may be a candidate for nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation. You won’t feel any pain or discomfort to sit back and relax during your appointment.