General Dentistry in Homewood, AL
Your smile and the condition of your dental health are unique to you. Premium basic care, including dental cleaning and treatment of tooth decay and toothaches, results in a lifetime of healthy smiles!
Oral Hygiene Care
Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Dr. Petznick and his team are committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry.
Regular Preventive Care or Professional Dental Cleaning Appointments
This appointment is performed by a registered dental hygienist. In our practice, you will see the same hygienist at each cleaning visit so that you can develop a relationship. The hygienist will remove plaque (soft deposits), tartar or calculus (hard deposits), and stain from your teeth. The evaluation of the gum tissue, probing pockets and recording their depths for future reference will also be accomplished. After the cleaning, the hygienist will polish your teeth to a beautiful shine.
Additionally, you will have all of your questions answered about your homecare procedures and products. If you have trouble choosing the right toothbrush or flossing effectively, your hygienist can help. Should you develop gum disease, which is extremely common, our hygienist will provide counsel and treatment to control the condition.
Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally in many things we eat or drink. It is nature’s way of helping prevent cavities, and it plays an important role in helping to keep your teeth for a lifetime. Professional (in-office) fluoride treatments make teeth stronger and even reverse damage from decay in the outer layers of enamel on the smooth surfaces of the teeth. Additional home fluoride treatments assist in this process. In the lifelong fight against cavities, Dr. Petznick believes that both adults and children benefit from in-office treatment and home fluorides.
The benefits of Fluoride include:
- Strengthening teeth
- Remineralizing weakened areas on teeth
- Expanding some antimicrobial effects
- Increasing salivary action
- Enhancing rate of natural remineralization
When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned out portion of the tooth. With advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings. You may even elect to remove your old silver fillings in favor of new, undetectable tooth-colored fillings.
Oral Cancer Screening
Did you know that every day approximately 100 adults are diagnosed with oral cancer in the U.S.? Unfortunately, most of these instances of cancer are not identified until the late stages of development, which leads to a high rate of death. This doesn’t have to be the case! When found at early stages of development, oral cancer has a survival rate approaching 90 percent. That’s why each time you visit Dr. Petznick, you will experience a thorough oral cancer screening. Petznick Dental will monitor your oral tissue very closely, making note of any changes over time. Even though you may not realize it, your lips, inner cheeks, gums, tongue and other soft tissues are being examined during every visit. When you come in for a visit, make sure you mention any tender areas or sores you may have, especially if you can’t remember what caused the injury or if they persist longer than a couple of weeks. Our goal is to stay ahead of any developing problems by being proactive and diligent in our care.
Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but don’t remember when the injury occurred, damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a nightguard, which protects your teeth from grinding and clenching in your sleep. Our team takes great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Do you suffer from headaches? You may find that a side benefit of your nightguard is headache prevention. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask our team about having a nightguard custom created for you.
Do you or your child play contact sports? If the answer is yes, consider a mouthguard to help protect your smile. According to the American Dental Association, mouthguards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and collegiate football alone. The key is creating a perfect fit. Trust Dr. Petznick for the proper diagnosis, design, and fitting of a mouthguard for you or a member of your family, and have better peace of mind during high-impact activities.
In some cases, injury or decay damages a tooth extensively, and an extraction is the proper treatment to start you on the path toward complete dental health. We can remove your troublesome tooth and give you the treatment options for replacing that tooth and completing your beautiful smile again.
Most people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth do not realize the ways that cosmetic dentistry can help.
The Petznick Dental team changes lives every day through restorative dentistry. Rejuvenate your smile today!
Your team at Petznick Dental is committed to providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry.