General and Preventative Dentistry
At Redford Dental Care, we want to make sure that you have an attractive, healthy smile. That is why we look after all the necessary general and preventative dentistry treatments you might need before we consider cosmetic dentistry. With that in mind, we will talk about the procedures you need to ensure good oral health, and when you come to see us, we will look after those needs first. Then, if you like, we can consider cosmetic treatments.
General and preventative dentistry techniques are continually evolving, and at Redford Dental Care, we always strive to be up-to-date with the most current technologies. This is just one way in which we work to ensure a good experience for you when you visit our dentist office.
Our first course of action, at your first appointment, is to conduct a dental exam. We do this to identify any dental issues that you have – problems that you may not even have known existed. Often, tooth decay in its early stages is not visible to the naked eye, and you would be surprised at how quickly a small cavity can grow into a major problem, so we use state-of-the-art dental imaging techniques to find out what is wrong and correct it before it gets any worse.
With modern techniques, we can identify cracks, bad fillings, and any number of other things that might not be visible to the naked eye. We have moved well past the days when you had to rely on the dentist’s suspicion that you might have a small cavity, to the point where we can identify tooth decay practically at the point where it begins, and then work to fix it.
Dental x-rays are generally taken as a matter of course during your first checkup. This is because this gives your dentist a picture of what is happening in your mouth, and makes it easier for him to recommend a course of treatment. Today’s dental x-rays are very different from the ones that your grandparents, or perhaps even your parents, experienced.
Dentists no longer use unwieldy metal plates that they insert into your mouth, and the days of chemical processing baths for the films are long gone. Modern dental x-rays use a plate that is far less intrusive, and the images are processed digitally. This means that it takes less time to have x-rays done, and they seldom need to be repeated. If you are concerned about the environment, you will be pleased to know that digital x-rays leave very little in the way of a carbon footprint, because of the chemicals being eliminated.
Dental cleanings, in the past, have been a bit scary. This is because they have usually involved sharp instruments known as scalers, and could take a fair bit of time to complete. Today, though, most dental cleanings are done by means of painless ultrasound treatments. Most of the time, people who are afraid of dental cleanings are older people who have been accustomed to conventional cleanings using manual scaling, which is very seldom used now. The ultrasound does most of the job, by applying high-speed vibrations to your teeth to loosen plaque and tartar and blast them away. You will probably only need manual scaling if you have put off a professional cleaning for a very long time.
To make the most of your dental cleanings, we recommend that you see us every six months. Usually, we can schedule a cleaning for you at the same time you come in for your semi-annual checkup.
At Redford Dental Care, we hope that you are in the habit of brushing and flossing every day, because this is your best defense against tooth decay. However, you might be surprised at how many people do not know how to brush and floss correctly. They may take a very vigorous approach, and could be brushing several times a day, but still might not be getting the job done properly. If you are not sure that you are brushing and flossing the proper way, our dental hygienists will be happy to show you the right techniques, and recommend the products that are best suited to maintaining your oral health.
When you visit us at Redford Dental Care for your six-month cleaning, feel free to ask your hygienist any questions you may have about oral care. You will find that they are very knowledgeable, and happy to help you devise an effective dental hygiene program.
If there is anything that strikes fear into the heart of dental patients, it is root canal, and that is unfortunate. Even in the early days of root canal treatment, it was not painful. This is because it has always been done using a local anesthetic. And today, it is easier than ever thanks to microscopic technology. Dentists now use special microscopes to take a long, hard look at your tooth root and determine what has to be done. In short, there is nothing that your dentist cannot see. Every single aspect of your tooth is visible, so your tooth can be fixed quickly and easily.
Root canal therapy works for you, not against you, and it will cause you no discomfort. So, will you be in pain if you need a root canal? Yes, there is a good chance that you will – because it is the infection in your tooth that hurts, and brings you to the dentist for treatment. You never have to fear pain from the procedure itself, though.
Periodontics is the dental specialty that looks after the health of your gums. If your gums are not healthy, your teeth could loosen, and you could end up losing them. At some point in your life, there is a good chance that you will develop some type of gum disease. For most people, this occurs around the age of 45. In fact, by that age, a full 80% of Americans have gum disease to some degree or other.
The good news is that you can prevent gum disease. Make sure that you have a checkup with your dentist twice a year. Also, brush and floss regularly. You do not have to develop gum disease, and your best course of defense is regular checkups. With a program of good oral hygiene, you could be in the 20% of people who never develop gum disease, and might even keep your natural teeth for the rest of your life.
Do you have metal fillings? If you do, you may have had them for a very long time, especially in your back molars. They may have served you very well, but they do not look good, and you may also worry about the mercury that they contain – no one really knows how much mercury the human body can tolerate.
Most dentists today believe that the best course of action is to have mercury fillings removed, and replaced with composite fillings. Not only do they look better, you do not have to worry about the possible health hazards of having metal compounds in your mouth.
Composite fillings look just like the rest of your teeth, and they work essentially the same way. You can bite and chew effectively, and you will never have to worry about metal fillings loosening and causing breakage in your adjacent teeth. Even better, if you do not have a lot of tooth decay, you may be able to have composite fillings installed without the need for tooth preparation.
Oral Cancer Screenings
A diagnosis of cancer is frightening, and with good reason. Cancer is very common, and can be deadly. Much of the time, though, cancer is curable if caught early.
When you come to see the dentist for your semi-annual checkup, he will also screen you for oral cancer. This involves a visual examination of your mouth, and if the dentist finds anything out of the ordinary, he will order a biopsy. A biopsy is not something you should be afraid of. Dr. Redford and Dr. Davey prefer to err on the side of caution, and most of the time your biopsy will come back negative for oral cancer. Even if the diagnosis is positive, you can take comfort in knowing that when oral cancer is caught early on, the prognosis for full recovery is very good. You have probably heard it said that the only thing worse than finding out you have cancer is not finding out, so don’t neglect this important part of your general and preventative dental program.
To book an examination, arrange for oral cancer screening, or just to come in for a checkup, contact us at Redford Dental Care, get in touch with us at 916-972-8851. You can also book a consultation by using the form on our Contact Us page.
A great family operation (pun intended). I have been a patient of Dr. Davey for a long time and recently had an emergency and the staff and Dr. Davey handled it very well for me and I'm no longer in pain. Tooth infections are a bear to deal with. Thanks again Dr. Davey and staff.
James D. - Patient
You guys are always awesome....from the moment I walk in the door to the moment I leave,. It doesn't matter who I'm dealing with, staff, hygienists, dentists, etc., everyone there is great and always goes above and beyond to make me feel like I am your favorite patient. Wait. I am, aren't I? You guys are stuck with me unless you up and leave town!
Tonja B. - Patient
I am a big chicken when it comes to the dentist & Dr. Redford & the staff are awesome & very understanding when I'm panicking! He does great work and it's been a long time since I've found a great dentist like him! Not only does he do great work, he is truely a great person!
Melissa Z. - Patient