Maintain Your Smile with General Dentistry in Anaheim Hills
When patients think of general dentistry, they probably picture six-month checkups and professional teeth cleanings. At Hillsview Dental Care, we offer general dentistry that goes beyond these important services to help patients achieve and maintain their healthiest smiles throughout the year. Our comfortable, modern Anaheim Hills, CA dentistry practice offers a number of general dental care services that keep patients smiling, including gum disease therapy, nightguards for bruxism, dental sealants, and more. We welcome patients of all ages, so you can bring your whole family to one convenient, stress-free office for all of their dentistry needs.
The secret to a bright, healthy smile is actually no secret at all: brush, floss, and get a professional dental exam at least once every six months. Professional dental exams are all about prevention – preventing existing problems from getting worse and preventing potential concerns from developing in the future. Regular dental exams make it possible to identify and treat a problem in its earliest stage – which is not only good for your oral health but also good for your budget!
There's nothing to fear with a dental exam. Your teeth will be visually inspected for signs of plaque, tartar, and tooth decay. Your gums will also be examined for puffiness or discoloration, which are signs of gum disease. A full set of dental X-rays may also be taken during your dental exam to enable your dentist to see below the surfaces of your teeth. Dental exams typically end with a dental cleaning to remove surface stains and buildup.
No matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar deposits can still build up on your teeth. A professional teeth cleaning is the single most effective way to remove these deposits and prevent them from causing you more serious problems in the future. While a traditional teeth cleaning involves manually scraping away these deposits with special dental tools, advances in dental technologies now give you more options.
A laser teeth cleaning, also known as an ultrasonic cleaning, is a popular alternative to traditional teeth cleanings. With a laser teeth cleaning, an ultrasonic scaler (rather than a manual probe) is used to remove deposits, kill harmful microbes, and eliminate bacteria around the teeth and gums through high-frequency sound waves. Many patients find laser teeth cleanings more comfortable than traditional teeth cleanings because they are quicker, quieter, and pain-free.
A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line. Deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, involve a two-part process: first, the stubborn deposits are removed, and then the root surfaces are smoothed. A deep cleaning helps prevent periodontal disease and restores gum tissues to a healthy state.
Digital Dental X-Rays
Dental X-rays have come a long way. Today’s dental X-rays are safer, faster, more comfortable, and more informative than the X-rays of years past. Digital X-rays, one of the latest and most advanced dental technologies, produce high-quality images of your teeth that can be viewed instantly by you and your dentist on a LCD monitor. Digital X-rays reduce radiation by up to 90% and provide exceptional diagnostic information to ensure that potential problems are caught in their earliest stages. Intraoral photography is another alternative to traditional dental X-rays. With intraoral photography, problems such as cavities, fractures, and discolorations in the teeth are captured through clear and sharp photographic images that are taken with a 35mm or digital camera.
For patients who are prone to tooth decay or wear and for younger patients with developing smiles, topical fluoride treatments help fortify teeth against potential damage. We may recommend fluoride treatments for your child as part of their six-month checkup. Fluoride treatments are a fast, effective way to strengthen teeth. Simply apply the solution as part of any regular dental checkup and the fluoride will work to attract other fortifying minerals to strengthen tooth enamel during the months between checkups.
Gum Disease Treatment
Swollen, bleeding gums are a red flag for one thing: gum disease. If you have the symptoms, you're not alone. More than 80% of adults have some form of gum disease. Fortunately, there are many effective and pain-free gum disease treatments. For gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, treatment typically involves a thorough dental cleaning, followed by daily brushing and flossing. Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis, requires scaling and root planing to remove stubborn deposits below the gum line. Laser gum surgery, a new alternative to scaling and root planing, uses beams of high-speed light to remove plaque and tartar buildup. If non-surgical methods of gum disease treatment are ineffective, a gingivectomy (periodontal surgery) may be necessary.
Night Guards for Bruxism
Patients who grind and clench their teeth at night might not realize the significant amount of damage this seemingly innocuous habit causes. Because most patients struggle with bruxism while they’re asleep, and it’s not always easy to help patients stop. That’s why we offer nightguards to protect teeth and prevent patients from unconsciously damaging their smiles. Our custom-made mouthguards fit comfortably, creating a barrier between each row of teeth. Worn every night, nightguards keep teeth healthy.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer affects nearly 35,000 Americans every year. The keys to surviving oral cancer are early detection and early treatment. This starts with a regular oral cancer screening – at least once every six months. An oral cancer screening takes just minutes, is pain-free, and can be performed during regular dental exams. If you are male, a regular screening is especially critical: oral cancer is more than twice as common in men as it is in women. Other people at high risk of oral cancer include those over the age of 60, tobacco smokers, and heavy drinkers.
Sometimes, teeth need a little extra protection to stay whole and healthy. Dental sealants are an excellent option for young people with developing smiles and adults who frequently experience tooth decay. During any regular checkup, we apply dental sealants to the areas of teeth most likely to experience decay. For most people, this means the biting surfaces of the molars, which are most often used to chew food. The application process typically takes just a few minutes and can last up to ten years, providing protection for teeth.
As a general dentistry practice, Hillsview Dental Care offers a wide variety of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatment options to meet all of your oral health care needs, schedule, and lifestyle. We are dedicated to helping patients of all ages at all stages of their dental development, and our team of dentistry experts offers options that go beyond the basics. Some of the more advanced treatment options allow us to keep patients in our familiar, comfortable practice rather than traveling to multiple offices or waiting for specialists to make time. We care about our patients’ comfort and convenience, and we do everything we can to offer even the most advanced procedures in our state-of-the-art Anaheim Hills practice.