Family Dentistry Colorado Springs CO
Here at SmileCOS Dentistry in Colorado Springs, we believe in offering dental services for the entire family all in one great location.
We provide family dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, dental implants, and dentistry for anxious patients.
Andrew Miller, DDS and Francisco Darquea, DDS and their dental team are here to serve you and all of your dental needs.
Colorado Springs Dental Services for the Whole Family
A dental cleaning at our office will remove any tartar or calculus deposits from above and below the gumline with special instruments that are designed for this purpose. The teeth may be polished after they have been scaled in order to get rid of stains on them.
In some cases when there is a heavy accumulation of tartar (calculus) between the teeth and underneath the gum line, a standard teeth cleaning procedure may not be enough to remove it.
This is where scaling and root planing may also be carried out, which is a deeper clean to remove calculus from the visible part of the tooth and the tooth root below the gumline.
Teeth cleaning is a routine procedure and isn't painful.
It starts with an examination of your mouth so that the dentist can give your mouth the once over to see if there are any health issues, such as gum disease and tooth decay.
Next, the cleaning process begins. This includes plaque removal, scaling and root planing, and application of fluoride.
Learn more about dental cleanings.
During your dental exam, The dentist will take the time to get a detailed understanding of your medical and dental histories.
They may also want to know about any medications you are taking, as these can have an impact on oral health. For example, some medications cause dry mouth which is one reason why gum disease develops so easily in our mouths when saliva isn't present.
During your oral exam, the mouth, teeth, and gums are looked at closely by the dentist for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. They will also examine the roof of the mouth, inside the cheeks and lips, and underneath the tongue to look for signs of other issues, including oral cancer.
The dentist will also take a good look at your bite and jaw alignment for any potential problems. They will note habits such as smoking or grinding your teeth, which may be contributing factors to oral health problems.
The evaluation of this information is crucial in your dental checkup because it helps to determine the cause of any issues, and furthermore, the best way to treat them.
Read More Here About Getting a Dental Exam
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) are the hinges that connect your jaw to the bones in front of your ears. Without these joints, you would not be able to move your jaw. Having problems with your temporomandibular joint can cause a lot of pain and discomfort around the mouth and face area and can even cause your face to swell or get stuck when you move your jaw.
To prevent the problems that come with TMJ, we suggest using either a splint or a nightguard. Since tooth clenching and grinding are what causes TMJ and makes the situation a lot worse, you do need to prevent that from happening.
Night guards are used during the night to prevent your teeth from grinding against one another and keep your teeth from touching during the night. While you can stop grinding your teeth during the day consciously, the unconscious grinding can cause some real problems for you.
Splints are used to prevent you from grinding your teeth against one another during the day, and our dentists will work with you to figure out what type of dental mouthguard is the best for you. Working with a mouthguard or splint can ensure that your grinding stops and that will alleviate your TMJ troubles.
Learn more about TMJ and how we can help alleviate your pain.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is uncommon in children, but sadly not unheard of.
Though the likelihood may be low, when oral cancer is present it is a fast-moving and highly lethal cancer, far more so than most other cancers. Oral cancer screenings take only a minute or two and can ensure peace of mind for both you and your child.
Our professional will gently inspect every area of your child's mouth and throat. They will identify any lumps or bumps that appear to be out of the ordinary. They will also check for things like lesions or sores that have not healed or are getting worse.
Read more about oral cancer screenings.
The number one reason to choose a pediatric dentist is because child dental care is absolutely crucial, and there is no one better suited to administering it than a dentist specially trained to treat kids.
Child dental care is about more than their baby teeth, it is about building a foundation for a healthy smile that will last for years.
Read more about the importance of dental care for your children.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a major health hazard for adults and children alike. And just like adults, children with gum disease can have their permanent teeth damaged, even if they have yet to come in.
Those permanent teeth are waiting, right there beneath the gums, which is where the bacteria that cause periodontal disease love to lurk.
Gum disease is usually preceded by gingivitis, so if we can catch it early through regular periodontal maintenance, we can stop a full-blown outbreak of periodontitis.
Periodontal disease is usually the result of not brushing enough, so regular cleanings are almost always enough to prevent this issue.
More Information About Periodontal (Gum) Care
Contact Your Colorado Springs Family Dentists Today!
Contact SmileCOS Dentistry to schedule your next appointment, for you or your child. Call us at (719) 394-3304 today with any questions you may have.
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