Preventive Dentistry Specialist

Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group

General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry located in Wichita, KS

To prevent dental problems before serious complications develop, you can trust the dental experts at Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group in Wichita, Kansas, with your care. They offer comprehensive preventive dentistry services, including dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants. Schedule your next dental cleaning and exam at Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group by phone or online today.

Preventive Dentistry Q & A

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry at Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group uses preventive measures to reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The dental professionals offer:

  • Plaque detection and removal
  • Scaling and root planing to remove tartar 
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Sealants
  • Fillings
  • Mouthguards
  • X-rays
  • Dental exams
  • Nutrition and oral health education

If your dentist detects an oral health problem requiring additional treatment, they might suggest a crown, bridge, root canal, extraction, dental implants, or dentures to restore teeth or prevent complications.

What happens during my appointment?

When you arrive at Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group for a preventive dentistry appointment, your dental hygienist thoroughly cleans and flosses your teeth. They take dental X-rays, too. Your dentist offers fluoride treatment and sealants to prevent tooth decay and examines your teeth and gums to let you know if additional treatments are needed.

Which preventive dentistry treatment might I need?

Based on the results of your dental exam, your dentist might recommend:

Fillings

Fillings, often made of tooth-colored materials, are effective treatments for small to medium-sized cavities. Your dentist first removes tooth decay prior to filling placement.

Crowns

A crown is a dental cap your dentist permanently bonds to a tooth after removing decay. Crowns strengthen your teeth and protect them from future problems.

Bridges

Dental bridges often contain two crowns attached to an artificial tooth in-between. They eliminate gaps left by missing permanent teeth.

Root canal

Root canals are procedures in which your dentist removes decayed or infected portions of the inside of your tooth, cleans it, and fills it with dental materials to restore and strengthen it. They may seal the tooth with a filling or affix a crown to protect it.

Extraction

If you require tooth extraction due to severe tooth decay, or you already have missing permanent teeth, Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group offers dentures and dental implants to give you the full set of teeth you desire.

Gum disease treatment

If you have gum disease, your dentist might complete scaling and root planing, crown lengthening, soft tissue grafts, pocket reduction procedures, or regenerative gum disease treatments to restore soft tissue and reduce gum recession and bone loss.

How should I care for my teeth at home?

Preventive dentistry doesn’t stop at your dental office, as proper at-home oral hygiene is the key to maintaining optimal oral health. Examples include:

  • Eat a healthy diet rich in essential nutrients
  • Reduce added sugar
  • Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily 
  • Use mouthwash if your dentist recommends it
  • Don’t chew on hard objects
  • Wear a mouthguard for sports training or teeth grinding
  • Attend routine dental visits every 3-6 months

Take care of your smile and optimize oral health by booking a preventive dentistry appointment at Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group by phone or online.