Our oral cavity is home to millions of bacteria. While some of these bacteria are good for our teeth and gums, others are capable of feeding on food remains and causing cavity and gum infection. Along with routine dental hygiene at home and following a healthy diet, professional dental care is absolutely essential to protect you and your family members from oral health problems. The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dental practice at least once every 6 months to stay protected from dental issues. Preventive dental care offered by general dentists during the routine visit can help identify infection and other dental problems at an early stage and initiate steps to cure the same. Are you a resident of Midland, TX or any other community nearby? Are you looking for a dentist who can take care of dental needs for you and your family? You have landed at the right place! Make an appointment and meet Drs. Chet & Wesley Gray & their families at our Midland office Gray Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. Through our comprehensive care we promise healthy smiles for you and your family.
The ultimate aim of our dental team is to identify dental problems at an early stage and take steps to see that they are prevented. In order to identify dental problems we make use of advanced technological equipment at our office. Digital X-rays and Velscope Oral Cancer Screening equipment are some of the machines we have at our practice. During the routine visit, our dentist asks you questions related to your medical history and uses different dental instruments to identify signs of decay and infection in teeth and gums. If there are any problems identified during the course, our dentist notifies the patient about it and explains him/her how and why it should be treated. Through preventive dental treatment, dental problems can be cured at an early stage which saves patients’ money and time and improves their quality of life.
As stated above, our oral cavity is home to several bacteria. These bacteria form colonies and create a biofilm over the teeth surface called plaque. Plaque should be cleared from the oral cavity from time-to-time. When plaque remains over teeth surface for long, it hardens to become tartar. Tartar is a substance which can be cleared only through professional dental cleaning. The dental team uses special dental instruments to clean the surface of teeth and clear tartar. The process of deep dental cleaning helps patients reduce the risk of dental infection and improves their oral health.
Dental examination is the phase of routine dental visits where a general dentist finds out problems through various methodologies. The medical and dental health history of the patient is recorded during the course. Naked eye tests, tests using dental instruments such as a periodontal probe and advanced equipment are used to look for problems depending on the patient’s necessity. Impressions and digital X-rays may be taken during the examination if necessary. On confirmation that a dental problem exists, suitable treatment is recommended.
Dental sealants are the restorative material used to protect the biting surface of the teeth from a dental infection. There are some areas of the biting surface of the teeth that are more prone to bacterial invasion. Through an application of sealants, our dentist prevents tooth decay.
Dental crowns are caps that cover weak or severely decayed teeth. A crown is recommended when a tooth reaches a stage where it can no longer sustain on its own and needs external protection to prevent further damage.
Gums seal the roots of the teeth and the supporting bone structure from food debris and bacteria. When there are signs of infection in gums, periodontal care is necessary to protect the soft tissues from damage. Periodontal care involves clearing tartar from the surface of the teeth around the gums and below the gum-line and ensuring that the bacteria are kept under control.