No matter your age, oral health problems can develop if you don’t remain on top of your preventive dental treatments, like routine checkups and cleanings. Our team is dedicated to keeping your oral health on the right track by diagnosing and treating common oral issues early, before they have a chance to permanently impact your smile with preventive dentistry in Franklin Park, IL.
Every six months, dental checkups allow our professionals to examine the health of your teeth, gums, and take X-rays to see your jawbone. We’ll be on the lookout for common oral health problems, like cavities and gum disease, to make sure that they get treated as soon as possible. We’ll also inspect your lips, throat, and oral tissues during our oral cancer screening. If we spot anything out of the ordinary, we’ll refer you to a specialist for additional testing. Our checkups are designed to spot the small signs of oral health problems so we can treat them as soon as possible, saving you from needing invasive and costly treatments down the road.
Even if you’re diligent about brushing and flossing your teeth at home every day, it’s still important that you receive routine professional cleanings every six months to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Our dental hygienists are specially trained to remove all plaque and tartar buildup on the surface of your teeth to prevent cavities and gum disease from developing before your next visit with us. During these visits, our professionals are also happy to answer any questions you have, including brushing and flossing tips, and recommendations for oral hygiene products.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in a variety of items, including the air, rocks, dental hygiene products, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Your body uses it to strengthen the outermost layer of your teeth, called the enamel, to protect you from dental decay. If we notice that you aren’t receiving enough of it, we may suggest professional fluoride treatments or our Clinpro 5000 home fluoride therapy system.
At each of your checkups and cleanings, we’ll conduct an oral cancer screening. Although these examinations only take a few minutes, they could save your life. One of our dentists will examine your lips, oral tissues, and throat, in search for any signs of the disease, such as red and white rough patches in the mouth. If we do spot anything suspicious, we’ll immediately refer you for additional testing to prevent the condition from progressing any further.
Do you wake up with sore jaw joints or a dull and thumping headache? These are common signs that people diagnosed with bruxism experience. When you grind and clench your teeth each night, not only can it wear down your enamel over time, but it can also put you at a higher risk of experiencing a dental emergency. We offer customized nightguards made from a cushioned, acrylic material to provide your jaw and teeth with the protection they need.
TMJ dysfunction is a condition that involves your temporomandibular joints, or the two joints on either side of your jaw that connects the structure to your skull. When these don’t function the way they should, you may find doing basic tasks, like chewing your food, difficult and uncomfortable. We offer TMJ treatment to help ease your discomfort and minimize any damage to your smile that the condition could cause.