Although modern dentistry is capable of treating even advanced dental and oral problems with success, preventing those problems from occurring or treating them as early as possible is an even greater success. Good dental health begins with regular examinations and a high level of dental hygiene -- both of which we can help you with here at Peachtree Smile Center. Dr. Babo and her Atlanta team can help you and your loved ones maintain a beautiful smile for life.
Twice-yearly dental examinations are critical for identifying any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer or other issues that threaten your well-being before they can develop into a serious emergency. A tiny cavity can grow larger and larger as bacteria erodes tooth enamel until you experience pain, by which time the sensitive pulp chamber inside the tooth has become infected. If this situation goes untended, you could end up requiring root canal therapy. The sooner we find a cavity, the more easily we can treat it with a simple filling to prevent additional complications. Dental x-rays allow us to see any problems affecting the roots of the teeth or the surrounding bone as well, enabling us to administer timely care.
In addition to checking the health of your teeth, Dr. Babo and her Atlanta team will also inspect your oral cavity, neck, head and jaw for signs of oral cancer, an aggressive and potentially deadly disease that needs to be caught and treated as early as possible. If you are experiencing problems such as chronic headaches, difficulty opening your mouth or jaw pain, we can determine whether you have a case of temporomandibular disorder (TMJ) and offer solutions such as custom-fitted mouth guards.
Professional cleanings make a sensible accompaniment to twice-yearly dental examinations. No matter how diligently you brush and floss, you cannot remove the most stubborn tartar that collects on tooth enamel (both above and below the gum line.) This hard, rough substance is hardened plaque; it serves as a food source for the destructive bacteria that cause tooth decay gum disease, abscesses and bone loss. Sometimes these bacteria can even travel to other parts of the body, damaging internal organs. We use specialized instruments to scrape tartar away, including tartar hiding underneath the gum line, and polish tooth surfaces to help keep bacteria at bay. We also apply a fluoride solution to help your teeth resist acids and decay. Our experienced team is also happy to provide advice on best practices such as using the proper brushing technique and eating the right foods to promote dental health.