Everyone needs a solid foundation of strong attention and care in order to maintain optimal oral health throughout the years. Here at Ellettsville Dental Center in Bloomington Indiana, our team strives to be your and your family’s lifelong partner as you work toward this ever-important goal. Our wide variety of traditional general dentistry services is designed to offer valuable support and protection against common problems at the earliest possible stages, allowing you to live confidently with a smile that both feels and looks great.
We recommend that you and your children attend regular check-ups and hygiene appointments twice a year, or every six months. These crucial visits will allow our team to carefully inspect your teeth and gums for any potential developmental or decay-related issues, and to refresh your smile and leave you free of potentially damaging plaque and tartar.
Did you know that periodontal disease (also called gum disease) affects nearly 75% of the population? This common oral health condition may seem relatively harmless in its earliest stages, but if it’s left untreated for too long, it can wreak havoc on your oral health. It’s one of the leading causes of tooth loss. In fact, there is research indicating that periodontal disease may be associated with several health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, or strokes. Thankfully, we offer several options for periodontal therapy, including in-depth hygiene cleanings and non-surgical therapy.
Implant-Retained Prosthetics (Dentures)
Of course, some patients are looking for ways to make their denture that much more sturdy and permanent. Thankfully, we offer implant dentistry at our office, which can be used to securely anchor your prosthetic in place and improve comfort and function. Implants help to maintain your facial structure by preserving and even rejuvenating the bone in your jaws, and patients no longer have to worry about potential slippage like they did with traditional dentures. Instead, your smile will look and function seamlessly. We can sometimes even convert your existing denture or partial denture to lock onto your new implants.
Removable Prosthetics (Dentures)
If left untreated, full or partial tooth loss can have devastating consequences for your remaining teeth and gums, your self-confidence, and even your overall wellbeing. That’s why our team at Ellettsville Dental Center wants to help you find a personalized restorative solution that can replenish your smile as quickly as possible. A denture is an option that many patients choose because of its convenience, speedy creation, and relative affordability. They consist of a gum-colored base with natural-looking new tooth on top, all precisely designed to match your existing look. Full dentures stay in place with the help of natural suction, while partials often rely on clips. It’s a relief to experience renewed stability and security when it comes to eating, speaking, and sharing your smile with the rest of the world!
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer may not be as well-known as common cavities or periodontal disease, but the statistics surrounding this condition are truly staggering. On average, one American dies every hour from oral cancer, and only half of the patients who are diagnosed go on to survive more than five years. The saddest part is that while oral cancer is treatable in its earliest stages, most cases aren’t found until a serious amount of damage has been done. That’s why our team believes so strongly in providing oral cancer screenings for patients. This way, we can catch any potentially cancerous areas within your mouth as early as possible and get you the specialized attention you need, if necessary. Your wellbeing is always our number one priority.
Crown and Bridge
Dental crowns can be used in a variety of situations to restore both strength and appearance to a damaged tooth. It usually covers the entire tooth, and one of our skilled technicians will be sure to match the shade of the restoration as closely as possible to your smile’s natural color so that it results in a beautiful appearance. Crown and bridge treatment is also available for replenishing your smile in a way that both looks and feels natural.
Sometimes, there are potential problems and areas of decay that even a trained professional can’t locate with just their eyes. That’s where digital imaging comes in! This revolutionary technology is a vast improvement over the tedious development times and higher radiation doses of traditional X-rays. Now, we can take incredibly detailed pictures of your teeth, gums, and jaw and access them almost instantly on a convenient chairside monitor, allowing us valuable insight into the current state of your oral health so that we can plan treatments even more precisely.
Dental phobia/anxiety is a very common problem, and one that keeps countless people from receiving the vital care they need to maintain a healthy smile. Sedation dentistry at our Ellettsville office can offer frightened patients the deep sense of contentment, safety, and relaxation they need, allowing us to administer necessary care as smoothly as possible. Our team can discuss our options for sedation in much more detail when you call to schedule your first appointment.