Avoid toothaches, preserve your smile with proactive dentistry built on a foundation of exams and check-ups
Too often, patients visit the dentist only after painful problems such as toothaches arise. That is reactive dentistry. Here at Liberty Dental Group, we practice proactive dentistry. This approach is built on a solid partnership between our dentists, Drs Mike and Emily Molosky, and our patients in Brentwood, Oakley, Antioch, Bridgehead, Sandhill, Discovery Bay, Bethel Island, and surrounding communities.
Fundamental to this strong and healthy relationship is the six-month check-up. The check-up generally involves our dentists using their considerable skill and tools to examine the teeth, gums, and other oral structures. When most patients have developed symptoms, such as a toothache, irreparable damage has already occurred. Ideally, we don’t want to be reacting to conditions like advanced tooth decay and gum disease. These conditions are associated with persistent pain, pressure, and swelling that is hard to ignore. We want to stay ahead of these conditions.
Since so many early-stage oral problems are either “silent” (asymptomatic) or associated with subtle symptoms, it is easy for patients not to notice the problem. Or not to be aware that there is an underlying threat to their oral health and overall wellbeing. Plus, it is easy to mistake something like a sore or bleeding on the toothbrush for a benign condition. However, these changes can indicate the presence of oral cancers or early gum disease (gingivitis) respectively. Early diagnosis can save your teeth and even save your life because detecting oral conditions earlier in the disease process supports efficient, successful treatment.
Our doctors take great care to gently evaluate your gums, teeth, and the rest of your mouth. They use light-touch techniques and advanced instruments to precisely, quickly, and painlessly inspect oral tissues and interconnected structures. Our team will also measure the spaces or pockets between the teeth and gums during your check-up. Periodontal pockets form between the teeth and gums as gum disease progresses. The bacteria in plaque release toxins that erode at the soft tissues and the hard tissues (supportive bone). Bigger periodontal pockets are indicative of advanced periodontal disease (periodontitis). At this point, more invasive therapies may be needed to resolve symptoms and the disease and encourage healthy healing and reattachment of the gums to the teeth.
Early gum inflammation and disease can be resolved without aggressive treatment. To stop the disease’s progression and reverse its effects, all that may be needed is more consistent and diligent home care. Our team enjoys providing and demonstrating personalized techniques to improve patients’ hygiene. We can also provide guidance on special mouth rinses, floss, picks, or brushes that support better oral hygiene and prevent further damage. Professional preventive services, from cleanings to dental sealants, are also available.
Oral conditions will only get worse without treatment. If you are worried about a change in your mouth, or if it’s been a while since your last dental visit, book an appointment today! Call Liberty Dental Group at (925) 409-3501.