Donald J. Jirovec D.D.S. is a Kansas City Preventive Dentist.
Preventive dentisty is the modern way of reducing the amount of dental treatment necessary to maintain a healthy mouth and to keep your teeth. The two major causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. The better we prevent or deal with these two problems, the more chance people have of keeping their teeth for life.The joint efforts of the dentist and the patient, can help to prevent the need for treatment, and so avoid the traditional pattern of fillings and extractions.A course of treatment may be recommended to get your mouth into good condition, and a maintenance plan will be worked out to help you keep it that way.
Regular hygiene appointments– allow the doctor to monitor your oral health and to clean under your gum line where the toothbrush cannot reach.They include thorough examination & cleaning (scaling); full-mouth and periodontal (gum) exam; periodic X-Rays to detect decay, bone loss or tumors; and Individual care consultations.In order to preserve beautiful and healthy teeth it is advisable to have at least two dental hygiene appointments a year.
Night Guard Therapy - Night guards are used as a treatment option to prevent damage to the dentition from grinding and clenching. It is a conservative, reversible treatment modality that is usually well tolerated by patients and is very successful.
Scaling - Removing supragingival calculus with an ultrasound device.
Sealants - These plastic coatings are applied to molars and premolars to seal out decay-producing plaque. They are painlessly applied and last many years before renewing. Sealants serve in a preventive capacity to reduce the risk of cavities and more costly fillings.
X-rays - These help the doctor detect cavities that cannot be seen by the eye (i.e., between teeth).