Thompson Dental offers an array of general dentistry services including preventive treatments. General dentistry is essential to preserving the health of teeth and gums for a lifetime, and patients of all ages benefit from receiving routine checkups and cleanings. When necessary, our team at Thompson Dental is equipped to provide restorative, periodontal and cosmetic treatments that enhance health, oral function and the aesthetics of teeth.
Dental checkups are necessary for detecting potential problems and disease as soon as possible. The sooner disease or damage is detected, the more conservative the treatment a patient will require. In most cases, conservative treatments are far more affordable than treatment used to correct or protect advanced oral diseases. During checkups, Dr. Thompson will look for signs of common conditions like dental caries and periodontal disease along with potential problems like enamel loss and tooth wear. A checkup will also include an oral cancer screening. Our practice utilizes advanced technology to reveal disease as soon as possible. Some of our diagnostic tools include digital radiography (X-rays) and intraoral cameras.
Like checkups, professional cleanings are important for keeping the oral health system in optimal shape. Cleanings remove harmful substances that we cannot remove on our own with hygiene practices like flossing and brushing. Moreover, receiving dental cleanings at least twice a year can greatly reduce your risk for developing periodontal (gum) disease. Cleanings are gentle and effective.
The objective of preventive dental services is to thwart disease by strengthening teeth. Two of our most popular preventive services are fluoride treatments and dental sealants. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral, and when applied to teeth in a gel or varnish form, it can strengthen tooth enamel by replenishing lost minerals. A dental sealant involves applying a thin plastic compound in liquid form over the biting surfaces of teeth, and a curing light is used to harden it. Sealants keep bacteria from accumulating in the pits and grooves of the biting surfaces of teeth, thus reducing the risk of dental caries and decay. Other preventive options patients have to safeguard their health are the fabrication of custom mouth guards and night guards. Mouth guards are worn during sports and physical activities to prevent facial and dental injuries. Night guards are worn during sleep to protect both biological teeth and restorations from damage caused by clenching and grinding teeth.
Thompson Dental serves patients of all ages from McKinney and the surrounding areas. Call our practice today to schedule a checkup or cleaning!
Fact or Myth? If you have a cavity you will know it – myth. Mild tooth decay has no symptoms; sensitivity begins to occur when the tooth decay is already causing damage to the nerve. Today’s dentistry prevents tooth decay with sealants and other conservative methods. Fact or myth? Sugar is the prime cause of cavities. A fact and also a myth. Acid is the main trigger in producing the bacteria that causes cavities. The bacteria is then fueled by the consumption of carbohydrates. Sugar is a trigger in cavities but carbs as a whole are the main cause. Fact or myth? Cavities are the prime reasons for root canals – myth. Root canals are a result of nerve damage. An untreated cavity could lead to nerve damage but root canals are onset by a number of different factors. Fact or myth? Brushing and flossing are the best way to prevent cavities. Fact.