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General Dentistry

Healthy Smiles, the Hinkle Way


General and preventive dentistry are done to keep your teeth healthy and to find problems ahead of time, addressing potential issues before they damage your teeth. Our list of general and preventive services include:

Comprehensive Examinations

When you first arrive at the office of Drs. Alan and Andrew Hinkle, we begin with a comprehensive exam. This includes screenings for oral cancer, x-rays, as well as a fluoride treatment and hygiene care. We will also assess any work that has already been done to make sure your mouth is in tip-top shape.

Oral Cancer Screenings

This screening involves a visual and manual examination to see if a patient has any symptoms of oral cancer. We use a Velscope for each screening, because the appearance of abnormal tissue may be an early sign of cancer. Velscope uses fluorescent light to show any abnormal points that may be invisible to the human eye. Oral cancer is very treatable when caught early and increases the odds of eradicating it completely.

X-Rays

Digital x-rays use digital sensors to capture an image of your teeth and jaw instead of photographic film. This allows us to see the image faster and enhance the image in a way that cannot be done through film. We can even share them with you while you are still in the exam chair, showing you exactly what is happening in your mouth. These images can then be stored on our computer and accessed at future visits.

  • Panoramic x-rays use the same technology as the digital x-ray, but in this method, the camera rotates around the patient’s head. This allows a full image of the mouth, sinuses, and jaw, instead of focusing in on a specific section.
  • Our DIAGNOdent shines light on your teeth to detect decay below the tooth. This way we avoid missing potential problems that might require more extensive treatment in the future, like a root canal or an extraction.
  • Our intraoral cameras collect up-close full-color images of the teeth to help the doctor diagnose problems and show you your teeth in real time allowing us to immediately discuss problems and treatments. It’s your mouth, up close and personal!

Hygiene

The Piezo scaler is a precision ultrasonic tool that removes plaque and stains that might persist even after brushing. Removing plaque helps prevent cavities, tooth loss, gum disease, and makes your breath smell better. And who doesn’t want a brighter, healthier smile?

Gum Disease

Your gums are the foundation for your teeth. Keeping your gums healthy is critical to keeping your teeth and your smile in good shape. In addition, your gums are portals to the rest of your body; disease or infection in your gums can lead to whole-body problems. Our gum disease (periodontal) therapy includes a deep cleaning below the gum line to reduce bacteria and inflammation. In some cases, we use Arestin, an antibiotic that is used to kill the bacteria that fosters gum disease.

Fluoride Treatments

Patients receive a fluoride treatment at every visit to help prevent tooth decay. While most water supplies in the United States have fluoride in them, the amount isn’t enough to completely protect your teeth. Our fluoride treatments are a good way to help build up strong teeth for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Mouthguards

We design sports mouthguards to make sure you are safe during contact sports. They can prevent serious injury to the teeth and gums and can also prevent concussions. We also offer custom-made nightguards to help lessen the effects of grinding (bruxism).

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is a blocking of the airways during sleep. This limits the amount of air that your body receives and can lead to all kinds of discomfort. We can discuss using a bite splint called the Somnomed or Somnodent as a way to help open your airways and help you to sleep through the night – without the need for forced-air treatment or uncomfortable masks.

Emergency Care

If you have an emergency, don’t worry. We are here to help and will get you in as soon as possible. We refer to emergency visits as comfort appointments because our goal is to make you comfortable as quickly as possible.

Soft Tissue Laser

This major advancement in technology works fast with little to no bleeding. There is barely any pain and it allows for faster healing time. Plus, there are no stitches! With this laser, we can effectively treat cold sores, lesions, and other issues with the tissues of the mouth. We even perform frenectomies. A frenectomy is a simple and common procedure that creates a more pleasing position for the top lip or can close up a gap between the two front teeth.

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