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General Dentistry

general dentistry

Everyone needs a general dentist they can rely upon for regular oral health care and support in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. At New Orchard Dentistry in West Bloomfield Township, we offer comprehensive general dental care, focusing on each patient’s unique needs and smile goals.

West Bloomfield General Dentist Delivers Comprehensive Oral Health Care

General dentistry is the foundation of good oral health. At New Orchard Dentistry, we offer the following services to ensure that your mouth is clean, your teeth are strong and fully functional, and you are pain free.

Dental Cleanings and Exams

During every professional dental cleaning, you can expect the following:

  • Cleaning: Meticulous removal of plaque and tartar and careful brushing and flossing of teeth to a high shine.
  • Dental exam: Includes a review for signs of cavities, gum disease, cracks, and any other oral health problems.
  • Oral cancer screening: Includes a brief but thorough examination of the gums, lips, palate, cheeks, tongue, and neck for any signs of this aggressive disease.
  • Digital x-rays: Yearly digital x-rays using state-of-the-art technology.

At New Orchard Dentistry, we are especially concerned with keeping our patients calm and distracted to reduce dental anxiety. As such, we offer virtual reality tours and laser light shows on the ceiling, as well as the opportunity to listen to music or sit in our massage chair.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments are intended for children until all their adult teeth have erupted and are well-established in the mouth. Fluoride is brushed on the teeth and allowed to set to help deter cavities, strengthen a child’s softer tooth enamel, and help permanent teeth grow strong and healthy. It’s a quick and painless procedure that protects young mouths.

Sealants

Sealants are typically recommended for children and all their newly erupted permanent teeth. Because kids are still developing good brushing and flossing habits, they need all the help they can get to maintain strong and clean teeth. Sealants are a clear coating that is brushed onto the chewing surface of a tooth and cured, helping to protect the enamel and prevent tooth decay.

Periodontal Care

The word periodontal means “around the tooth,” and that’s exactly what periodontal care is intended for – the upkeep of the gums and tissues that surround the teeth. When plaque and bacteria collect under the gum line, inflammation develops and, eventually, infection. Left untreated, this problem is painful and highly threatening to the health of a smile. Gum disease can result in periodontitis, a condition that leads to tooth loss and can also affect overall health and wellness.

Along with checking for early signs of gum disease at every dental exam, we also offer periodontal treatment for patients who have developed gum problems. Scaling and root planing procedures are used to clean beneath the gum line, remove infection, and prevent further problems from developing.

TMJ/TMD Treatment

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw to the skull and develop temporomandibular disorder (TMD), signs of which include clicking, popping, or soreness around the jaw. This problem can also manifest as earaches, neck pain, teeth grinding, and headaches, and lead to problems like enamel erosion, gum recession, broken teeth, and damaged dental work. In short, TMD is a serious problem that can cause chronic pain and oral health problems.

Diagnosing this condition properly is the first step, and from there the treatment can vary. Some patients find relief with a customized bite guard which is worn at night while sleeping. This helps prevent teeth grinding from being so destructive and can reduce symptom flare-ups.

For patients who have TMJ problems because of a misaligned bite, a course of orthodontics or Invisalign may be recommended to readjust the jaw and provide long-term relief.

Extractions

Tooth extractions are necessary for many reasons. The most common extraction is wisdom tooth removal, which is a must for any patient who has wisdom teeth that threaten the alignment of their mouth, are impacted, or erupt only partially and cause pain and other oral health problems. Extractions are sometimes called for when a tooth is so damaged or infected that it cannot be saved with a dental restoration.

Choose New Orchard Dentistry for Your General Dentist in West Bloomfield

At New Orchard Dentistry in West Bloomfield Township, your oral health is our priority. We are devoted to helping every patient maintain healthy teeth and gums at every age. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.