Dentistry for Adults
The Importance of Hygiene Visits
A professional hygienist is one of your greatest allies in the fight against gum disease. Plaque hardens
into tartar, which is outside the scope of your typical toothbrush and floss to remove. Tartar accumulates
below your gum line as well as on the enamel of your teeth, issuing an invite to decay and even gum disease.
Only a hygienist can remove all of this! Recent research shows a clear link between untreated gum disease
and other life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Which means having your
teeth cleaned is one of the most essential reasons to visit your dentist!
Saving Hopeless Teeth
Missing teeth pose a roadblock to dental health. A root canal can prevent the necessity of an extraction,
saving teeth with roots that have been damaged or infected. A root canal is a method of rehabilitating a
tooth by excavating the pulp chamber and refilling it with special filling material. Dr. Hicks is well
trained in advanced root canal therapy. He uses cutting-edge anesthetics and technology, making a root canal
a manageable form of treatment.
Senior Dental Care is Different
As we grow older, the requirements for maintaining good oral health change. At Hicks Family Dentistry, we’re
sensitive to the needs of our senior patients. It’s natural for older teeth to lose strength and be more
susceptible to damage. Even prior dental work can show the strain of repeated use, becoming prone to fractures
and movement. Advancing age means a greater risk for gum infection. After years of caffeine and tobacco
consumption, teeth lose their gleam and require professional whitening to bring back their original shine. Some
of your medications will decrease the essential flow of saliva through your mouth, and we have products that
will relieve this complication. We advocate proper nutrition, daily hygiene, and routine check-ups to help your
smile stay dazzling and keep your natural teeth healthy for a lifetime.
Are You Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic?
Did you know there is a connection between your dental health and your capacity to effectively control your blood
sugar levels? Unfortunately, not all dentists are equally equipped to aid diabetics with their dental well-being.
Untreated gum disease increases diabetic issues, and diabetes increases the problems associated with gum disease.
It’s a vicious cycle. You’ll be pleased to know that we have received exceptional training on dental care for
diabetics. Call us today for a complimentary consultation regarding dentistry for diabetics. No one here will ever
censure you for having avoided dental care. You can be confident we will provide compassionate and entirely
non-judgmental care. We can help.
Oral Cancer – Minimize Your Risk
For the last 40 years, the mortality rate for oral cancer has remained at one American death per hour. This is
upsetting, because with early detection there is a 90% cure rate for oral cancer. That’s why we complete a visual
examination at every six-month checkup and cleaning. If Dr. Hicks or our hygienist sees anything that signifies a
need for concern, they’ll refer you to an oral surgeon. Don’t become a preventable statistic! Get screened for oral cancer.
A Less Obvious Repair
Most people desire to avoid noticeable dental repairs, which is why the conventional silver-mercury amalgam filling
is not a preferred choice. A metal filling is an efficient, budget-minded repair, but it can be challenging to hide
against white teeth. Enhancements in dental technology permit us to now offer restorations that are a natural-appearing
white. These composite materials bond to the healthy part of your tooth, diminishing the probability of new decay
emerging in the future. They’re a state-of-the-art restoration that contain no metals, can fortify your teeth, and are
nearly invisible when compared to a metal filling.
Do You Find Yourself Falling Asleep on the Job?
If you’re seeing a doctor for sleep apnea because you snore, fall asleep throughout the day, or have irregular breathing
while you sleep, you may already be utilizing a CPAP device. By wearing a mask over your nose and mouth, this machine
keeps a continual flow of air streaming into your lungs while you sleep. Although it helps control the problems associated
with sleep apnea, it is bulky and exasperating to wear. As a result, many patients have stopped using it.
If you have become disenchanted with your CPAP, we have a non-bulky alternative that is simple to place and remove, packs
easily for travel, cleans readily, and has a success rate in over 90% of the patients who use it. It looks like an
orthodontic retainer, a small, acrylic device that slips over your upper and lower teeth. It works by readjusting your jaw
and tongue to permit air to move into and out of your lungs. If you have set your CPAP machine aside, let us enlighten you
to the ways this new device could help.
If it’s time for your next cleaning, or if you’re ready to schedule a no-cost/no-obligation
consultation, call us now at (717) 625-0596.