Dental Cleanings, Extractions, and Other Services
At BayView Dental, your family’s dental care is always our top priority. We provide general dentistry suitable for patients of all ages to help you maintain a healthy mouth and a healthy body. By performing a thorough dental examination and cleaning at least once every six months, our dental care team can help you maintain and improve your smile and overall oral health. Whether it’s time for your next dental cleaning, or its time to get that smile you always wanted, or perhaps you need fillings, root canal treatment, or a wisdom tooth extraction, you can count on our Sarasota-Bradenton, Venice and St. Petersburg dentists to always provide the care you want and need. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and expect something to smile about!
The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings
Regardless of how seriously you take your oral hygiene at home, we encourage you to get your teeth professionally cleaned in one of our offices on a regular basis. No matter how often you brush and floss, you cannot prevent plaque, tartar, and calculus from accumulating around your gum line and between your teeth. Plaque and tartar are fertile ground for bacteria to thrive, which can cause inflammations, infections, and advanced gum and tooth decay if ignored. When you come in for your dental cleaning, one of our dental hygienists will use specialized tools and equipment to remove the built-up plaque and tartar and then polish your teeth to leave them smooth and shiny. We may recommend a prescription-strength rinse or a fluoride varnish to help strengthen your teeth’s enamel and prevent future cavities. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and expect something to smile about!
Tooth-Colored Fillings Offer Bacteria Protection
As their name suggests, fillings are used to fill up a hole in your tooth likely caused by a cavity. Fillings are necessary because they prevent breakage and bacteria, which can cause severe decay and damage to your teeth over time. There are two general types of fillings: amalgam (metallic) and composite (tooth-colored). Our dentists at BayView Dental only offer composite fillings because we believe that they are the best for your oral health, while maintaining your smile’s natural look. Using blended shades, composite fillings closely match the color of your actual tooth. Preparing your tooth for a filling involves plaque and decay removal and then pouring filling material into your tooth where it bonds to support your remaining tooth structure. Highly effective, long-lasting, and safe, tooth-colored fillings are also used to fix chipped or disfigured teeth. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and expect something to smile about!
Building Awareness: Oral Cancer Screenings
All too often, oral cancer is not easily identifiable without a professional examination. The good news is that early detection can substantially increase the odds of detection, leading to rapid treatment. All of our regular dental checkups include oral cancer screenings to help forewarn our patients and save lives. An oral cancer screening is quick and painless, consisting of checking your mouth, lips, and tongue for early warning signs. If we detect any anomalies, a small tissue sample will be taken and sent to a lab for further examination. You should also check for signs of sores and swellings as part of your oral preventative care at home. For more information, click here. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and ensure your ongoing oral and overall health.
Root Canal Treatment Is Necessary to Restore Teeth
If your tooth’s pulp tissue (the inner part of your tooth) has been exposed to bacteria, root canal treatment may be necessary to restore your tooth. A root canal treatment begins with an anesthetic to numb the nerves surrounding the affected tooth. A small opening will be made so our dentist can access your tooth’s root canal. Once we’ve removed all of the dead or dying pulp tissue from your tooth, we’ll clean and disinfect your root canal. We’ll then seal the opening with an adhesive to prevent future infection. If your tooth is sensitive to cold or hot temperatures, you’ve noticed facial swelling, pain, or pressure within your mouth, don’t hesitate to call our office for an exam. Dental issues are best treated before they become too painful!
Why Some Teeth Extractions Are Necessary
While our dentists’ primary goal is to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible, there are some instances in which teeth extractions are necessary. Some patients may need an extraction due to severe tooth decay or a traumatic injury, while others may require a wisdom tooth extraction because when wisdom teeth emerge (third set of molars), they have nowhere to go in an already crowded mouth. Extraction procedures vary in complexity depending on the location of the tooth in your mouth and the strength of the root holding the tooth in place. Every patient requiring an extraction will be evaluated with an x-ray and a thorough study of their medical and dental history before proceeding. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and ensure your ongoing oral and overall health.
Replace Missing Teeth with Bridges and Implants to Get the Smile You Always Wanted
Missing teeth don’t just affect your appearance, they affect your mouth’s ability to comfortably function. Dental bridges and implants are two common procedures used in our offices to replace missing teeth. Also known as fixed removable dentures, bridges can be supported either with your natural teeth or with the use of dental implants. The frame of a dental implant is surgically placed in your jawbone to keep it in place. Our dentists will carefully examine your mouth to determine the best way to approach your oral health needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and expect something to smile about!
Treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD or TMJ)
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD or TMJ) is the result of problems with your jaw, joints, and/or surrounding facial muscles that control your jaw’s movements. Symptoms first develop as mild, non-painful clicks on your jaw and tightening in your jaw and neck areas. Getting TMD or TMJ treatment early on can ease further problems that may develop later. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more, and expect something to smile about!