Preventive Dentistry in Angier
Benjamin Franklin once said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and he couldn’t be more right, especially where dental care is concerned. By locating areas of damage and decay at their earliest stages of development, Dr. Brenda Gong and the rest of our team can help patients stop the minor frustrations of today from becoming the alarming, costly dental problems of tomorrow. Contact our Angier, NC practice today to schedule your first appointment, and learn more about our comprehensive preventive dentistry options below:
Check-ups & Cleanings
We strongly recommend that patients from Angier, Fuquay Varina, Coats and Dunn, NC attend regular check-ups and cleanings every six months, or twice a year. These visits are important because even patients who are diligent about their oral health can fall victim to problems that aren’t noticeable to an untrained eye – that’s where Dr. Gong and the rest of our staff come in. We’ll provide a comprehensive examination that covers your teeth, gums, jaw, bite, current restorative work, and more with the help of advanced intraoral cameras and digital X-rays. Once we fully understand your oral health needs, a personalized treatment plan can be created to address any problems.
During these routine visits, our team can also provide a thorough cleaning to remove plaque, tartar, and minor dental stains, leaving your smile brighter, healthier and happier.
Your molars and premolars have deep grooves on their chewing surfaces, and these areas can be magnets for food particles and other decay-causing agents. That’s why our Angier team recommends dental sealants as an important preventive service, especially for children who are still learning how to keep these areas clean with brushing and flossing. We’ll apply the sealants directly onto your teeth, creating a barrier that helps reduce the threat of cavities. The treatment process is fast, safe, and painless!
Therapy for TMJ/Bruxism
Do you experience any of the following symptoms of a regular basis?
- Excessive pain/tenderness in the jaw
- Aching facial discomfort
- Jaw joints that constantly click and lock
- Discomfort that’s located in or around the ears, neck, eyes or frequent headaches
- Difficulty with chewing or opening the mouth properly
If so, it’s likely that you’re experiencing TMJ disorder (TMD), a painful and potentially debilitating condition that affects the temporomandibular joints, which connect your jawbone to your skull. There are several possible causes of TMJ disorder, including arthritis, facial injuries, bruxism (teeth grinding), and more. Here at Accent Family Dentistry, Dr. Gong will focus on diagnosing your condition and providing true, lasting relief through a number of potential therapy options, such as:
- Occlusal splints/nightguards – These customized appliances are inserted between the teeth and can provide valuable protection and support for a patient’s bite. They’re also helpful in minimizing the damage caused by teeth grinding.
- Occlusal equilibration – Dr. Gong will study your bite relationship to determine where stress is occurring and provide adjustments as necessary to restore harmony.
- TENS treatment /Orthosis– TENS technology can provide an electric “massage” to your face and jaw, relaxing the muscles and alleviating pain.
If you or a family member plays a sport where physical contact is possible (whether with other people or hard surfaces), wearing a custom oral appliance is strongly recommended to prevent injury to your smile. Instead of grabbing a one-size-fits-all sportsguard off the shelf at the store, talk to our team about receiving an appliance that’s customized for your unique smile! These models are designed to provide optimal protection while still allowing wearers to breathe, speak, and move their jaw easily.
Oral Cancer Screenings
This year, tens of thousands of new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed, many of which are already advanced enough to lead to death in less than five years. At Accent Family Dentistry, Dr. Gong takes this threat to your health and safety very seriously, which is why she’ll perform a thorough screening as a vital part of your routine check-ups. By examining the head, neck, and the inside of the mouth, our team can locate troubling symptoms and help you take the next steps towards the informative diagnosis you need as early as possible.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is a very common oral infection that can quickly become severe if it’s left untreated. If you notice overly swollen gum tissue, oral bleeding, or lingering bad breath, don’t hesitate to contact our Angier office right away. We’ll provide an in-depth screening to determine the truth of your condition, followed by a recommendation for treatment to restore your oral health and remove dangerous bacteria and plaque from the mouth as thoroughly as possible.
Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is an in-depth cleaning that moves beyond the surfaces of your teeth, targeting the areas under the gum line and the tooth root surfaces. Antibiotic therapy may also be necessary to help prevent new occurrences of infection and keep your smile fully refreshed.
At Accent Family Dentistry, we love treating all of your loved ones to comprehensive, personalized attention right here in one convenient location, including the littlest smiles. It’s never too early to start promoting good oral health, and we’ll work closely with your son or daughter over the years to teach them how important their teeth are and how to care for them properly. Dr. Gong will be sure to alert parents about any developmental concerns she notices, and services like tooth-colored fillings, dental sealants, and fluoride treatments are available to protect and strengthen growing teeth. We look forward to meeting the whole family!