Preventative and Diagnostic
At Meadowbrook Dental Care, we know that the key to having a healthy mouth and beautiful smile is maintaining proper oral hygiene. We also know that this can be challenging for some people to maintain. That’s why we provide efficient and reliable services to our patients in order to keep up with a good dental care regiment. Preventative and Diagnostic care includes proper analysis and assessment of the mouth to get an insight on the unique and personal makeup of your dental health. We offer the following Preventative and Diagnostic services:
Hygiene/Continuing Care is a professional dental cleaning and care, and should be scheduled every 3-6 months to get the routine cleaning necessary. Each appointment generally includes an oral exam performed by one of our experienced dentists. Also, each appointment includes standard cleaning processes, polishing and flossing occurs, as well as a periodontal assessment. Depending on your oral health, other cleaning methods and analysis might be done. Whatever your dental care needs, we got you covered at Meadowbrook.
Digital X-rays are computer-generated images that we use to see your teeth and surrounding structures to view the structural makeup of your mouth. Unlike traditional X-rays, Digital X-rays are quicker, more convenient and emit less percentages of radiation. To achieve this, digital X-rays use a small electronic sensor to take an image of the desired area, which is then instantly transmitted into the patient’s digital chart. This creates quick and efficient diagnostic practices.
Intraoral photos are pictures that are taken of inside the mouth via a wand-like camera. The pictures taken are instantaneously enlarged many times their actual size and viewable in an operatory monitor to gain the necessary insight to fully see what needs to be done. With Intraoral photos, it is easier to see any small imperfections that are harder to see with the naked eye, enhancing our ability to provide you with the best possible dental care. Intraoral photos works in conjunction with Digital X-rays to provide a more comprehensive way of properly diagnosing any dental issues that a patient may have.
Extraoral photos are pictures taken of the teeth and jaw-line via a digital camera for the purpose of showing an alternative view to Digital X-Rays. We typically use these photos when diagnosing orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign® and Fastbraces.
An important feature we look at during Preventative and Diagnostic procedures are the gums. The health of your gums is just as important as the health of your teeth. Periodontal Assessment determines if there is bleeding, inflammation or pocketing of the gums around the teeth, which indicates any presence of Gingivitis or Gum Disease. Further treatment of Gingivitis or Gum Disease includes a non-surgical plan called Soft-Tissue Management.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Early detection is critical when it comes to all forms of cancer. That’s why we offer periodic Oral Cancer Screenings to our patients, providing proactive oral cancer services. VELscope’s non-invasive handheld device allows our staff to detect abnormalities of the oral cavity. Some abnormalities include viral, fungal and bacterial infections, inflammation, salivary tumors, pre-cancerous cells and cancerous cells.
Acids, bacteria and sugars build up in the mouth over time due to the daily practices of drinking and eating. Improper hygiene can lead to demineralization of tooth enamel, requiring remineralization fluoride treatment. Fluoride Treatment works to repopulate minerals back on the enamel and make the teeth more resistant to decay. This non-invasive procedure comes in the form of gel, foam or varnish and sits in the patient’s mouth for a few minutes.
Sealants are extremely effective in preventing decay in areas of the teeth where it is most likely to begin, as well as treat cavities. Sealants are clear or tooth-colored plastic coating applied to grooves on the biting surfaces of chewing teeth to provide a protective shield over the enamel. The procedure is non-invasive and painless.
Icon for Early Cavities
A benefit of Preventative and Diagnostic services detects cavities in a premature state. Icon is a state-of-the-art technology that painlessly penetrates enamel with a fluid that seals the tooth efficiently and effectively. It acts to preserve the structure and prolong the life expectancy of the natural tooth before any serious decay occurs. Icon can also be used to treat white spots on the teeth. If you are interested in Meadowbrook Dental Care’s Preventative and Diagnostic Services, call us at 516-272-4280 to make an appointment at our office in Mineola, Long Island. To learn more about us and our dedication to our patients, visit our about us page today