Preventive Dentistry at our South Austin Dental Office
We care deeply about promoting your family’s healthy lifestyle — and that means protecting your smile. A significant part of our commitment is to preserving your oral wellness through conservative preventive dentistry. By scheduling regular checkups for yourself and your loved ones, you will encourage not only the ongoing health of your teeth and gums, but total body fitness. The dentists in our office have from ten to over 30 years of clinical experience, so you can feel confident you’re getting the highly experienced care at every turn.
Oral Health and Your Body
Did you know that periodontal (gum) disease can have a devastating effect on your health? Poor oral condition has been linked to osteoporosis, heart disease, and diabetic and prenatal complications by allowing bacteria into the bloodstream through the mouth. Taking control of your oral health now can make a big difference in your future. Most adults need to visit our Austin general dental office every six months for a checkup, which includes x-rays, a thorough cleaning, and an oral cancer screening.
Professional Hygiene for a Great Smile
Professional hygiene is one of the most important factors in achieving optimal oral health. Keeping teeth and gums healthy reduces your risk of gum disease and the serious issues caused by periodontal disease. Austin family dentist, Dr. Jack Fan, understands the link between dental problems and your physical wellbeing. By addressing issues such as gum disease and tooth decay early on, he can correct the damage and get your oral health back on track.
Premolars and molars, or the teeth at the back of your mouth, are at a much higher risk of developing cavities than those in the front of the smile. Children, whose dental hygiene habits are still developing, may have special difficulty thoroughly cleaning the pits and fissures that cover these teeth. Dental sealants provide an excellent defense against cavities. They are thin coverings we paint directly onto the chewing surface, where they shield the teeth from bacteria and prevent food particles from becoming trapped and accelerating decay.
Dental sealants are applied quickly and painlessly, usually at the end of a routine checkup and cleaning. Each one takes just a few minutes to complete, and can provide years of protection against decay for patients of all ages.
The TMJ, temporomandibular joint, is the small network of bones, nerves, and ligaments that holds your mandible to your skull. It is a complex joint, and when the TMJ is put under excess pressure because of stress, jaw clenching, a misaligned bite, or facial trauma or injury, chronic pain and discomfort are likely to occur. People with TMJ problems often grind their teeth at night, too.
You may be suffering from issues with your TMJ and teeth grinding if you experience…
- Clicking, popping jaw
- Persistent jaw pain
- Headaches or migraines
- Weak or worn teeth
- Observed teeth grinding at night
If you experience nighttime teeth grinding due to your TMJ/TMD problems, Dr. Fan can help with a custom-fitted nightguard.
Tooth enamel may be the hardest substance in the human body, but teeth still need extra care. Sports activities can put smiles at a much higher risk of injury. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can wear down enamel and leave your smile vulnerable to further dental problems. Dr. Jack Fan can provide a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect teeth from damage. The comfortable appliance takes just a few appointments to fit and deliver.
Oral Cancer Detection
When adult patients visit our Austin general dental office, we provide an oral cancer screening with each checkup. It’s a simple visual check for areas of concern, but it comes with lifesaving potential. Because oral cancer can often go undetected, it’s important to maintain regular checkups with our office. As with any serious illness, treatment is most effective the sooner it is caught.
An oral cancer examination is performed at the end of a checkup and cleaning. Dr. Fan will look for irregularities that could denote oral cancer, like rough patches, discoloration, lumps, bumps, or any other areas of concern. If anything suspicious exists, Dr. Fan will talk you through important next steps to help you get the treatment you need.
Gum Disease Therapy
Gum disease causes bleeding, tender, sensitive gums and persistent bad breath. The majority of adults have the condition, but many don’t realize it until bacteria has already caused serious damage to the periodontal and bone tissue. Dr. Fan provides gum disease therapy for patients in and around Austin.
Patients from Buda, Manchaca, and Bluff Springs are welcome in our Austin, TX office. Schedule an appointment today!