Preventative Services

Professional Dental Cleanings and Examinations

Professional Dental Cleanings (Preventative Maintenance Appointments) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your teeth cleaning appointment will include a dental examination, the removal of calculus (tarter) and plaque, teeth polishing, cavity check x-rays (recommended once a year)
During a regular examination you will be checked for Oral Cancer, Periodontal problems, TMJ, and decay (cavities.) You will also have a chance to discuss with Dr. Stearsman and your Hygienist problems or concerns you may have regarding your smile and oral health.

Sealants

A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves of teeth. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface.

Fluoride treatments for children and adults

Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay.

DIAGNOdent for cavity detection

DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Screening:
DIAGNOdent is a revolutionary new way for your dentist to find even the smallest areas of tooth decay and cavities. By using the advanced DIAGNOdent technology, we are able to treat small cavities and areas of tooth decay before they become larger issues requiring multiple procedures. DIAGNOdent is a quick, comfortable process that helps you and your doctor keep your smile healthy and happy for a lifetime.

How does DIAGNOdent work?
DIAGNOdent uses a precise laser scanning system to scan over all of your teeth while sending out an audio signal and registering a digital read-out. By measuring the fluorescence within each tooth’s structure, your dentist can identify where there may be cavities developing in the small spaces between, on, and around your teeth.

DIAGNOdent is comfortable and takes only a few short minutes to scan your entire mouth for cavities and decay. Detecting tooth decay as early as possible helps eliminate the number of costly treatments that you may need down the line and helps treat small problems before they become serious dental cases.

Not all cavities are noticeable without the help of the advanced DIAGNOdent laser screening.

Most tooth decay begins in the tiny cracks and grooves of your tooth’s surface. By the time the cavities are noticed, it’s often because there is a much larger problem, and the cavity itself was never seen or felt by the patient.

With the widespread use of fluoride, many of these cavities never make it to the tooth’s surface, and instead begin eating away at the tooth from the inside out. The DIAGNOdent laser helps locate these small areas of decay.

If you would like to be screened for possible tooth decay and cavities, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment. Help your teeth stay healthy!

Intra Oral photography

Intraoral cameras help clearly identify the condition of your teeth and gums. With this advanced technology we can zoom in on small diseased areas, cracks, chips and worn metal fillings with extreme precision. This helps patients to gain a better understanding of why treatment is recommended.