STARTING OFF WITH GOOD DENTAL CARE
General & Family Dentistry
Preventative dental care for the entire family.
At Hamilton Town Dentistry we provide full service preventative oral healthcare including check-ups, cleaning, fluoride treatments, sealants, and digital x-rays. We consider it a great responsibility to educate each and every one of our patients to the point that they fully understand their own mouth. We utilize intra-oral cameras and digital radiographs to ensure our patients can see exactly the same things we see in their mouth. We are especially passionate about preventative dental care for children. Teaching children about oral hygiene can help them maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for life.
Routine Cleanings and Exams
We provide regular cleanings for patients with healthy gums or slight inflammation. This type of cleaning is called a dental prophylaxis (commonly referred to as a prophy) and is meant to reduce any inflammation and clean plaque and slight calculus (tartar) build-up off the surfaces of teeth. The first thing we will do is take measurements around all of your teeth to check for periodontal disease or any areas we need to work on a little extra during your cleaning. After removing any build-up, our hygienist will polish and floss your teeth. We will review oral hygiene instructions and one of our dentists will perform a comprehensive oral examination. Your exam will include an oral cancer screening, soft-tissue exam, evaluation of gum health, and checking for any cavities. Digital radiographs (X-rays) are taken periodically at your cleaning appointments to check for cavities in between your teeth, the start of bone loss, and any potential infection.
We recommend sealants for most children soon after the eruption of their 1st and 2nd permanent molars. 1st molars erupt around the age of 6 and 2nd molars erupt around the age of 12. When our teeth first erupt, the grooves are not fully formed making them especially prone to cavities. Add that to the fact that most kids don't do as good of job brushing as we (and parents) would like and it makes a recipe for cavities. Sealants work to seal these grooves making them more cleanable and less therefore less prone to cavities. Sealants are a simple preventative procedure that do not require anesthetic. The grooves of the teeth are cleaned, rinsed, and dried. White sealants are placed that flow down into the grooves and are light cured. The sealants create a smooth surface that is easier for the child to keep clean and prevents food from getting trapped in the grooves which eventually leads to cavities. Current research shows that sealants reduce the incidence of cavities on permanent molars by ~80%. Please ask if you have any questions at all.
We recommend fluoride varnish placed on your teeth at each hygiene recare appointment. Fluoride varnish is "painted" on the surface of your teeth and works to remineralize any areas of decay started in enamel. These "white spot lesions" are often on your teeth right along the gum line where plaque is allowed to accumulate. Fluoride varnish is an excellent preventative procedure to keep your teeth strong and cavity free.
If you are waking up in the morning with a sore jaw, or your teeth are overly sensitive on a regular basis, you may be grinding your teeth at night and not even know it. Over time, grinding, also know as bruxism, can cause your teeth to get worn down to the point where the enamel is so thin, the dentin layer of the tooth starts to be exposed. Grinding or clenching can also cause recession of your gums. If you notice any of these symptoms, come in and let our doctors evaluate your teeth and see if an occlusal guard (sometimes called a night guard or bruxism splint) is right for you. An occlusal guard is a custom-fitting mouthguard that you wear at night while you are sleeping. They are very comfortable and stay in place very well since they're made specifically to fit your teeth. It can prevent the wear on your teeth from getting worse, and relieve the TMJ pain and tooth sensitivity you are experiencing. The process of getting a custom occlusal guard (night guard) fabricated is pain free and relatively simple. We will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth with a material called alginate. We will then take a bite registration in your ideal bite relationship to produce the best treatment result. Models will then be poured from the alginate impressions, trimmed, and sent to the lab along with the bite registration for fabrication of your occlusal guard. This takes approximately two weeks to get back from the lab. After about two weeks we will have you back in the office for the delivery of your occlusal guard. We will verify proper fit and adjust your bite on the guard as needed. It can take a couple weeks of wearing the occlusal guard to get used to wearing it but we find that most people report back to us that "they can not sleep without it!"
Custom Athletic Mouthguard
Sports can result in serious injuries to your teeth. A custom athletic mouthguard is specifically designed to protect your teeth and supporting structures. A custom mouthguard will stay in place much better than a generic molded mouthguard providing easier breathing all while providing better protection. We recommend custom mouthguards for all athletes who have the risk of taking a hard impact to the mouth.