When you schedule an appointment with us here at El Paso Modern Dentistry, you are getting so much more than a routine checkup and a cleaning (which are of course important, too!) - you are also getting a comprehensive examination that will help ensure your optimal oral health for your lifetime.
Regular examinations, by El Paso Modern Dentistry, help detect and prevent health issues before they become serious. Consistent dental check-ups help catch problems when they are small and easier to treat. Read More About Dental Cleaning & Exams.
One thing that makes the prognosis for oral cancer so poor is that it is rarely caught early enough. If found while it is still in the early stages, the prognosis for the patient is greatly improved. However, oral cancer can be hard to detect, and many people do not realize they have it until it has worsened. That is why oral cancer screenings with us here at El Paso Modern Dentistry are so vital.
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A periodontal maintenance procedure (PMP) is defined as a procedure that is recommended following periodontal treatment (such as scaling and root planing) and continues at varying intervals, determined by the clinical evaluation of the dentist.
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Many of our patients mistakenly believe that a mouth guard is only necessary for contact sports like football. That could not be further from the truth. Any sport that includes the risk that you may receive an impact to the face or head - whether it’s from a piece of equipment, a teammate or opponent, or even a fall - can benefit from a mouth guard.
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While there are many different causes for bruxism, the important consideration is to stop the damage and the associated pain with a nighttime mouth guard. We here at El Paso Modern Dentistry like to fit our patients with a custom night guard to help them stop grinding their teeth at night and find relief from the associated pain and discomfort of bruxism.
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If you are experiencing jaw pain or discomfort, the office of El Paso Modern Dentistry has experience treating issues that affect the alignment of your jaw and temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
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As your family dentist, we are more than just the chiding voice that tells you to brush and floss more often. (However, you know we only remind you because we care!) We also like to educate you about the various dental services that we provide that can help keep your mouth in optimal health.
During a dental appointment, we may start by giving you a thorough assessment of your oral health. This exam will not only check for any active gum disease or tooth decay, but it will allow us to look for anything of concern that you may not even be aware of is an issue. For instance, during your dental exam, we will do an oral cancer screening. While this may come as a surprise to you, oral cancer is quite hard to detect on your own, which is why regular appointments with us are so vital. We will look for any bleeding ulcers in your mouth, white or red patches, or any lumps or masses that could be forming.
Once we are satisfied with the state of your oral health, we will also clean your teeth for you. This includes scaling your teeth, which means we will be removing any hardened calculus and buildup from them. We will also brush them with a special type of gritty toothpaste and floss them for you. If we notice any bleeding during this portion of the exam, we may talk to you about your oral hygiene habits at home and advise that you brush and floss more frequently or thoroughly.
For our patients who play sports, we may want to discuss mouth guard with you. Mouth guards are fantastic devices that can help prevent a host of injuries that could occur when you play sports. Many people think that only contact sports like football need a mouth guard, but even solo sports like skating could benefit from one. This can not only prevent cuts and lacerations in your mouth, but it can also help prevent tooth loss and even concussion.
If a patient is complaining of pops or clicks in their jaw, pain or difficulty when eating or chewing, and a jaw that locks when they open or close it, they may have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. We can help asses and treat that. For patients who may be grinding their teeth at night, they may be good candidates for a night guard. This can also help patients who suffer from sleep apnea and snoring, too.
If we find that you have gum disease, we may recommend periodontal care to help treat it. This includes scaling and root planing to help remove any hardened calculus. A root planing involves removing the buildup underneath your gumline, then smoothing down your tooth roots to help prevent the buildup from returning. This will also make it easier for your gums to reaffix to your teeth, stopping the progression of gum disease.
As you can see, there are so many benefits of having a relationship with us! To learn more about how we practice family dentistry here at El Paso Modern Dentistry, or to set up an appointment with us, please give us a call today at (915) 213-0055!