At the heart of our practice is the desire to provide unsurpassed care that assists patients in achieving complete dental health. Progressive preventive dentistry from North Brooklyn Dental Care is designed to preserve the function of your teeth and gums, to enhance the beauty of your smile, and to protect your mouth from damage and decay. Our top dentists combine leading treatments with an attentive approach that emphasizes patient education and respect. They take the time to explain every procedure, thoroughly evaluate your needs, and develop a customized treatment plan based on your goals.
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Healthy smiles can be had at every age, and we tailor our approach to suit the unique needs and goals of patients at every age. We are dedicated to caring for your family as if they were our own. Family dentistry traditionally provides services related to the general maintenance of oral hygiene and tooth health for a wide range of patients. Services commonly performed include:
- Dental Cleanings
- Fluoride treatments
We will regularly check for cavities and take x-rays when necessary. If your dental problem needs specialty treatment, we can refer you to specialists. At North Brooklyn Dental Care, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry treatments such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and implant-supported dentures.
Oral Exams and Dental Cleanings
We pride ourselves on our thorough oral examinations. We believe that, by developing a precise assessment of your dental needs, we can provide more effective and better-quality service at every stage of treatment. Our evaluations are separate from our cleanings so that you never feel rushed through an appointment. Our dentists take the time to discuss your concerns and answer your questions, so that you are an active participant in your oral health. In this examination, your teeth, gums, oral structures, jaw joints, and related musculoskeletal system will be evaluated for signs of disease, decay, damage, or dysfunction. By catching any issues early, treatment typically has a better chance of success.
Our dental cleanings are equally comprehensive. We only use digital X-rays to enhance your comfort and to reduce your exposure to radiation. During this visit, our team will remove plaque and tartar, calculus, and bacterial biofilm from the teeth to preserve strength and reduce the risk of disease and decay. The frequency with which you should receive dental cleanings will depend on your individual oral health needs and lifestyle. While every six months is the common refrain, some people may require visits to occur more often and others may be able to extend the time between checkups. Our dentists will discuss the optimal timeframe with you during your initial consultation.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a serious disease that can be life-threatening if not detected early and treated as quickly as possible. During your evaluation and cleanings, we will assess your mouth for signs of cancer, including abnormalities in the oral tissues and cancerous growths or precancers. If you notice any of the following between dental visits, you should contact us right away:
- Sores that bleed easily or do not heal
- Lumps or spots that are thick or hard
- Persistently rough or crusted areas
- Numbness, pain, or tenderness that may be new or persisting
You should also let us know if you notice problems chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving any part of your mouth or tongue.
Aesthetic Mercury-Free Fillings
Even with regular check-ups and consistent brushing and flossing, sometimes decay and damage can develop. We utilize mercury-free fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth to help restore your smile when cavities (called caries) occur. These metal-free (composite) restorations can also be used to replace existing fillings if they are coming loose, or if you prefer the look and nontoxic nature of tooth-colored fillings.
To help strengthen the enamel on weak or vulnerable teeth, we can provide a fluoride rinse. Fluoride treatment can be applied topically to the teeth to help remineralize the tooth structure and to defend against bacteria. Children more commonly receive fluoride rinses, but adults can also benefit from this technique if they have a history of cavities, enjoy a diet rich in sugar and acids, or experience dry mouth.
“Topical” applications such as toothpastes and mouth rinses can supply that fluoride. If you’re concerned about getting enough fluoride to protect your teeth, North Brooklyn Dental Care offers treatments in the office to make sure all teeth receive the benefits of this mineral.
Another preventive measure against cavities and decay is a sealant. This treatment coats the teeth in a protective barrier that can help keep bacteria and acids from damaging the teeth. While not an excuse to avoid good oral hygiene, this method can help protect teeth, particularly in younger patients. Our dentists can recommend a sealant if they believe this can help protect you or your child’s teeth.
Oral injuries are among the most common sports injuries. Studies have shown that athletes not wearing mouthguards are 60 times more likely to suffer mouth injuries. Mouthguards reduce the risk of mouth, face, and jaw injuries, as well as broken teeth. The basic types of mouthguards include:
- Stock – Sold in stores, these preformed guards may not fit well, reducing the effectiveness.
- Boil and bite – Also sold in stores, these fit a little better by boiling and then inserting in the mouth to form.
- Custom-fitted – Mouthguards that are custom-made and offer the best protection.
North Brooklyn Dental Care can help you determine the best option for your budget and needs to protect and preserve your natural teeth.