Preventing a problem is always much easier than getting it fixed, and that couldn’t be truer when it comes to your smile! While our team is more than capable of repairing cavities and broken teeth, we prefer that our patients not have to deal with these issues in the first place, which is why proactive routine care is such a big part of our practice. With regular checkups, cleanings, and the other services listed below, we can ensure you’ll enjoy a healthy and problem-free smile year after year you’ll always be eager to show off.
Preventive Dentistry – Lexington, KY
Protect Your Smile for Life
Why Choose Dental Wellness of Lexington for Preventive Dentistry?
- Multiple types of sedation available for nervous patients
- State-of-the-art facility filled with the latest technology
- Friendly & dedicated team with decades of experience
Dental Checkups & Cleanings
Routine checkups and cleanings are the backbone of preventive dentistry, and we recommend that you should receive at least one every six months to keep your smile in tip-top shape. At these appointments, Dr. Feck, Dr. Combs, or Dr. Wilson will closely examine your teeth and gums for any decay or damage. By coming to see them regularly, they’ll be able to catch and treat any minor issues as early as possible. Professional cleanings from our excellent hygiene team will also help stop cavities before they even begin because they remove plaque and tartar deposits from those hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.
Dental sealants allow us to place an invisible barrier over the most vulnerable areas of the teeth in order to prevent decay and cavities. For most people, the first place they will develop a cavity is on the chewing surfaces of their back teeth. Their grooved surfaces easily trap plaque and bacteria, and their location makes them particularly difficult to completely clean. So, we can apply a thin, clear layer of composite resin to literally seal off the enamel and keep it protected from harm.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Do you have a headache or sore jaw every morning? Do your teeth look worn down as if you’ve been chewing on ice your entire life? If so, both of these signs suggest that you might be grinding your teeth while you sleep, which is officially known as bruxism. This “bad habit” exposes your teeth to crushing forces that can eventually cause them to break, but our team is happy to offer a simple solution. We can provide you with a small oral appliance called a nightguard, which when worn to bed, places a thin barrier between the rows of teeth to prevent any harmful contact during the night.
Oral Cancer Screenings
As part of your standard preventive visits, we won’t only be looking for cavities and gum disease, but we’ll also be checking for signs of oral cancer as well. Early detection is absolutely essential to successfully treating and surviving this disease, which is why we’ll examine your mouth for any suspicious sores, growths, or discolored patches of tissue you might not have noticed. If we find anything, we can help you quickly get a biopsy and diagnosis so you can begin treatment right away.
Fluoride is nature’s gift to your teeth. When this mineral is exposed to enamel, it actually strengthens it and even repairs areas of minor damage. This is why you’ll find it added to most oral healthcare products. You’ll also find it in our office, where we can apply a highly-concentrated fluoride varnish to your teeth to give you an extra boost of cavity protection. It only takes a minute to drastically lower your risk for tooth decay between appointments.
Our practice is more than happy to take care of any growing smile you might have at home, whether they are a toddler, a teenager, or somewhere in between! Our team has years of experience meeting the unique dental needs of children, and if your little one feels nervous about visiting the dentist, we’re able to offer soothing sedation dentistry to calm their nerves. With us, we’ll ensure your child has a gorgeous smile wherever life takes them!