Rieker Smiles’ comprehensive dentistry practice allows you to maintain and treat the full oral health and hygiene of your teeth, gums and jaw. By serving the majority of your dental needs within one practice for all ages, we are able to detect and address problems early, while minimizing the requirement to see outside specialists. We emphasize total preventive care for our patients by providing high-quality services for oral health maintenance, while also restoring health impacted by disease, injury, and common problems that require cosmetic dentistry. We stay abreast of advanced treatment technologies, utilizing the most effective measures serve your dental health.
|Routine Dental Cleanings and Exams
The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. During routine visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, clean your teeth and make plans for treatment as needed. We will also discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing.
|Dental Sealants and Fluoride Treatments
The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are extremely difficult to clean of bacteria and food. Tooth sealants protect susceptible teeth by sealing grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. Sealant material is a resin typically applied to the back teeth, molars, premolars and areas prone to cavities, and typically lasts for several years. Further protection of teeth is provided through application of fluoride treatments during regularly scheduled dental visits, particularly valuable in the care and maintenance of children’s teeth.
The “Temporomandibular Joint,” (TMJ) more commonly referred to as the “jaw joint,” assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. We provide a TMJ exam as part of regular dental checkups that evaluates the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw. Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue or damaged joint tissue (which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth). For more serious cases of TMJ, we often suggest using a mouth guard to relieve teeth grinding. In some cases, we will instruct you to use orthodontic appliances or retainers to alleviate discomfort or redirect positioning of the TMJ Joint.
|Oral Cancer Screening
Oral screening is simply looking for any sign of cancer before a person has outward symptoms. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. Our office performs an oral cancer screening as a regular part of any dental checkup.