The traditional image of a fearful patient visiting a dentist only when presented with tooth pain has long since faded. Today, proper preventive dental care is widely recognized as an essential aspect of overall health and well being. Dentists provide a vast array of services from simple checkups and fluoride treatments, to surgeries performed under full anesthesia.
Preventive Dental Services
Preventive care is the cornerstone of good dental health. Preventive care involves the day to day things we do to promote good oral health, such as brushing, flossing, and eating a healthy diet, but dentists also play an important role in preventive dental care.
Preventive dental treatment may include regular teeth cleaning, fluoride therapy, and dental X-rays. Dentists may also apply sealants, or plastic coverings, to the chewing surfaces of back teeth to prevent tooth decay.
Restorative Dental Services
Unfortunately, even the best preventive care cannot prevent all dental problems. A good dentist will provide caring and non-judgmental restorative treatments, whether you require a simple filling or a root canal.
Restorative care may take many forms. The most common dental restorations are tooth fillings, used to restore a tooth following dental decay or trauma. Dental implants can completely replace a missing tooth, with an artificial root to which a new tooth is bonded. Dental crowns completely cap or encircle a tooth or dental implant.
Dentists may also provide root canal therapy and surgery. Endodontic therapy, commonly referred to as a “root canal” involves the removal of the pulp within a tooth as well as the surrounding nerve tissue and blood vessels, and the subsequent refilling of the tooth.
Many modern dental offices provide excellent pain relief and prevention for patients undergoing restorative dental care, including full sedation dentistry as well as nitrous oxide and other therapies.
Orthodontic Care and Cosmetic Dentistry
Orthodontics is the study and treatment of tooth misalignment, or “malocclusion.” Orthodontic care may consist of commonly recognized braces and retainers, as well as more modern devices such as the Invisalign teeth realignment system.
Modern dentists also provide cosmetic dental services, including tooth whitening treatments, porcelain veneers, porcelain fixed bridges, and many other services designed to improve your smile.
Find the Best Care for You
Seattle’s Dr. Vicki Fidler and the team at the Fidler on the Tooth dental office are here for you, whatever your dental needs. Dr. Fidler provides state of the art dental care in a warm, non-judgmental environment. Call 206-526-1437 to discuss your dental needs and schedule an appointment, today.