General Dentistry In Warrensburg, Oak Grove, And Windsor, MO
What Is General Dentistry?
General dentistry involves the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of a wide range of dental conditions. General dentistry also encompasses the maintenance of overall oral health, providing patients with services that will effectively protect their gums and teeth from oral diseases.
In addition to an oral hygiene routine, it’s important to visit the dentist regularly for exams and cleanings. We recommend scheduling an appointment once every six months or at least twice a year. This allows us to help you maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent any dental problems from arising.
Good oral hygiene is essential to your overall health and wellness. Maintaining your teeth and gums is one of the most important preventative measures you can take to ensure your oral health stays in great condition.
In addition to regular cleanings at Ridgeview Family Dental, patients should adopt a good at-home oral hygiene routine. This consists of brushing their teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing regularly. Patients that practice daily preventive care will have a higher chance of stopping problems before they develop.
Pediatric Dental Services
Ridgeview Family Dental not only specializes in general dentistry but also offers children’s dentistry. This specialty focuses on patients’ oral health from infancy through their teen years. From the moment your child’s first set of teeth erupt, they have unique dental needs that Dr. Young can cater to. Ridgeview Family Dental provides pediatric dental services to help your child establish good oral hygiene habits and ensure a long-lasting healthy smile into their adult years.
Cavity Treatment & Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth decays or breaks down, a cavity can develop. Over time, the cavity, or hole, can grow bigger and deeper. Our dentists at Ridgeview Family Dental will repair the tooth by removing the decayed area and placing a filling.
If the decay or infection has progressed into the tooth pulp, root canal therapy may be required. Our exceptional dental team can eliminate the infection and preserve your natural tooth, giving you a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come.
Tooth Extraction & Wisdom Tooth Removal
When a tooth has an excessive amount of decay, disease, or trauma, patients may need to have a tooth extracted. Sometimes patients are in pain and need the tooth removed, other times your dentist may remove the tooth before the pain develops. Impacted teeth can potentially cause problems and are especially common with wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth are a set of molars in the back of your mouth. Sometimes wisdom teeth don’t emerge properly or are trapped by other teeth and may need to be removed. With an exam, your dentist will be able to determine if it’s necessary to remove your wisdom teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
We recommend that you get a dental cleaning once every six months or twice a year. Brushing and flossing your teeth every day is essential for your oral hygiene, but some hard-to-reach areas can be prone to plaque and tartar build-up, and bacteria.
Our dental team can help rid those areas of debris and buildup so they’re less likely to become cavities. With our professional tools, we can easily get rid of hardened plaque and detect tiny areas of decay that would otherwise develop into bigger cavities.
No, teeth cleanings don’t cause damage to your teeth. Getting regular dental cleanings can prevent your teeth from becoming damaged. Cleanings get rid of harmful bacteria on your teeth that can lead to cavities and oral disease. Regular teeth cleanings help prevent serious oral health issues and can save you from invasive procedures.
The dental filling process can be slightly painful, depending on how severe the cavity is. Our dentists use the best tools and techniques available. Many patients don’t even need anesthesia for simple treatments.
If you feel anxious about your filling or you have very sensitive teeth, we offer dental sedation. Nitrous oxide sedation can help you feel relaxed and numbs pain, so the filling procedure will pass by quickly.
Some signs and symptoms may indicate a cavity, including:
- A visible hole or pit in your tooth
- Unusual sensitivity to hot water or foods
- A localized pain in your tooth or near the gum line
- A change in the color of your tooth