While we specialize in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, when it comes to general dentistry, Henrickson Dental has you covered. Our dentists can perform routine check-ups and cleanings, tooth extractions and fluoride treatments, as well as root canals, prevention and treatment of gum disease, advanced periodontal care, and children’s dentistry as well or better than any other dentist out there in the Maplewood and St. Paul area. Our expertise goes further than that. We have some of the most advanced dental technology at our disposal to ensure that you get the best care we can offer even in the most routine of general dental visits, ensuring your teeth remain as healthy and strong as they can be.
It’s important to schedule a routine dental exam around every six months in order to catch any incipient oral health problems before they become serious. The American Dental Association recommends dental exams twice a year to check for tooth decay, periodontal disease, cracked teeth, old dental work that needs repair or replacement, and oral cancer.
Not treating minor dental issues can increase your risk for more serious problems. Small cavities are easy to both detect and treat with a standard dental exam, but if left untreated, that same cavity could spread decay through both that tooth and to the teeth nearest it as well. In a similar vein, untreated gum disease can lead to lost teeth and even impact your overall health negatively. This is why routine dental exams are so important when it comes to detecting, treating, and controlling these concerns early before they become a problem.
An absolutely essential part of any dental hygiene regimen, dental cleanings are crucial for a healthy smile. After a routine dental exam, our skilled staff members will routinely perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth through the use of advanced techniques that provide more efficient and effective cleaning without exposing your teeth and your gums to sensitivity. These advanced techniques are essential not just to keep your teeth bright and white and your breath fresh and inviting, but also to ensure that the health of your teeth and gums is as strong as possible to prevent dental health problems down the road.
There’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to how long a dental cleaning will take, as the needs of each patient are different; however, the most advanced dental cleaning techniques can take as little as just half an hour to complete in many instances.
Named after an essential component of your dental anatomy, a root canal procedure is necessary in the event of severe levels of tooth decay. A root canal that’s healthy provides a path from the tip of the tooth’s root to the rest of the body, allowing the tooth to receive the nutrients it requires and to remove waste products and toxins, but when a tooth has a cavity or traumatic injury such as a fracture, these root canals can become infected quite easily – with the end result being possible tooth loss and bone degeneration.
Designed to treat infected root canals, root canal therapy involves a cleaning of the infected area, an elimination of the bacterial source of the infection, and then the sealing of the canal to prevent additional infections in the future. With the latest advancements in dental technologies and anesthesia, a root canal therapy is characterized by little to no pain and is typically done in just one visit to the dental office. Root canals are typically capped by a dental crown to protect and strengthen the original tooth.
There are a number of advanced treatment methods our dental team uses to provide periodontal care – or care for your gums. While the foundation of good periodontal health is always going to be regular dental exams and dental cleanings, advanced care methods such as scaling and root planning can help to treat instances of more serious gum disease. Our dental clinic has some of the most advanced technologies and the most effective techniques to provide advanced periodontal care to you in comfort.
Around 8 out of every 10 men and women in America are affected by gum disease. Sadly, a large number of these individuals have no idea they’re living with periodontal disease. It can be difficult, since there may not be much in the way of symptoms presented, but gum disease can lead to tooth loss, inflammation, bleeding, and loss of gum tissue – all while increasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, and complications from diabetes and pregnancy.
Periodontal disease can develop as a result of lifestyle choices, genetics, or allowing a buildup of plaque, which causes the gum disuse surrounding teeth to break down and pave the way for even more harmful bacteria to take hold, leading to serious damage to your teeth, gums, and even your bones.
There are a number of reasons to extract a tooth. If one of your teeth has become extensively damaged or has been subject to extreme tooth decay, if you have extra (supernumerary) teeth that are interfering with the eruption of other teeth, or if your orthodontic treatment requires it, you’re likely to have teeth extracted. For most patients, wisdom tooth extraction will be the most common, as these third molars are notorious for causing problems from impacting, as not removing impacted wisdom teeth can lead to gum disease, decay in nearby teeth, and infection.
When it comes to simple extractions, the process has been relatively unchanged for decades: your dentist will ensure you have been numbed through local anesthetic and will then remove the tooth through the use of extraction forceps. However, more advanced techniques have been developed for complex extractions that involve surgery. While in the past dental drills and scalpels have been used for surgical extractions, electrosurgery and dental laser surgery has made it easier for dentists to remove teeth with much more precision and less chance of damaging nearby gum tissue or teeth while also providing with shorter healing times and significantly less discomfort to the patient.
It’s something that every dentist knows before they even go to medical school: you’re going to be considered one of the biggest boogeymen when it comes to children’s nightmares. Children tend to have an unnatural fear of the dentist, and it’s something that dental professionals have always struggled with, to many different degrees.
That’s why we pride ourselves on not just providing comprehensive dental services for adults but also for teens and children. Our talented staff members have experience in treating children as well as adults, and we’ve taken pains to design our office to feel as safe and non-threatening to children as possible. We take steps to treat all of our patients with compassion, especially children, and our dental professionals have specific training in all aspects of care, including keeping our patients safe, calm and happy. This makes us a great choice for your entire family.
Periodontal disease symptoms are very mild during the initial stages. Without routine checkups, the condition is almost invisible as it’s characterized by only slightly swollen gums or minor bleeding during routine brushing. Prevention of gum disease is essential for treating and reversing the condition before the development of any major problems. That’s why it’s so important to have regular check-ups in order to provide that early detection so that your dentist can conduct a thorough cleaning through scaling and root planing, which will remove any harmful bacterial buildup on your teeth and seal your gums from further injury.
However, there’s much that you can do every day to help prevent gum disease on your own. It’s important to maintain a regular dental care regimen that begins and ends with brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and the use of a mouth rinse to provide the highest level of health for your teeth and gums.
Fluoride is an essential component of dental health, both in children and adults. Before a tooth even breaks through the gums, fluoride ingested in food and drink help to strengthen tooth enamel, something that makes it harder for tooth decay to take hold – a systemic benefit for everyone, which is why many regions will fluoridate their water to provide the largest benefit to the most people.
After the eruption of those teeth, fluoride then goes to work to re-mineralize tooth enamel that might weaken over time and can actually aid in reversing any early tooth decay, especially when applied topically in a fluoride toothpaste or any other dental products. Fluoride taken in from the things you eat and drink also help topically as it becomes present in your saliva, something that helps provide small amounts of fluoride every time that saliva hits your teeth.
If you live in a region that doesn’t have fluoridated water or if you’re prone to getting cavities, we can apply a topical fluoride treatment at your next dental visit. Office fluoride applications can be made with a rinse, a foam or a gel depending on what your dentist thinks will be the most beneficial for you.
Looking for a place to call home for your general dental care needs in the Maplewood and St. Paul area? Contact Henrickson Dental today at (651) 777-8900 or fill out our online form and a friendly team member will be in touch.
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