A focus on preventive dentistry helps you maintain the highest standard of oral health while limiting dental expenditures. A partnership between you and our team pays dividends, protecting your smile now and well into the future.
Sometimes dental problems follow otherwise healthy people through life. Understanding the causes behind dental disease can eliminate the frustration that builds as teeth deteriorate. Creating a customized preventive routine can leave you looking forward to the good news at your dental visits.
Parents know that teen years present unique challenges. When it comes to dental health, rapid changes influence adolescents moving into adulthood. Cavity activity can suddenly accelerate with more independence in food and drink habits. Concurrently, oral hygiene activity sometimes becomes inconsistent. A good partnership with our team can set your teen up for a lifetime of benefits.
Helping our youngest patients grow into healthy young adults is a highlight for our team. Children undergo constant growth and development that present special challenges for achieving optimal health. And childhood tooth decay can create a lifetime of problems often avoided with an early preventive plan.
At Comprehensive Dental, exams begin by reviewing the x-rays and photos of your mouth with one of our doctors. Any conditions are noted and explained to you in detail. The clinical exam includes examinations of the teeth and gums, evaluation of the bite and TMJ, an oral screening, and an esthetic evaluation where indicated.
Dental digital x-rays reduce radiation exposure up to 90%. Comprehensive Dental uses detailed imaging to detect problems earlier with ultimate safety. 3D x-rays dramatically enhance our ability to detect and treat serious oral conditions.
Everyone loves the smooth, glassy surface of freshly polished teeth. Our registered dental hygienists help you maintain optimal health, which goes far beyond polished enamel. With a regular preventive schedule, we can remove the bacterial deposits that lead to dental disease. But we can also monitor for silent problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease before they become major issues.
A variety of tooth and jaw issues open up the door to orthodontics in a growing child. Dr. Lockett may point out that your child’s baby teeth appear crowded, or the relationship between the jaws isn’t ideal. While not generally the time for treatment, it may help you prepare for the possibility of future corrective care. As permanent teeth start to appear, usually around age 6, Dr. Lockett monitors the process further and helps you decide if early orthodontic treatment makes sense.
Although the majority of cases involve teenagers, braces can play a role for some kids in their earlier years. Since permanent teeth are typically larger than baby teeth, space may need to be opened with the gentle force of braces. This allows teeth to move into place properly, helping avoid more extensive treatment later.
A narrow jaw or a large overbite may create a similar dilemma. Guiding jaw growth while your child’s developing can make a tremendous difference in the long-term outcome. Once the growth stops in teen years, the only corrective measure often involves surgery...always a good scenario to avoid when possible.
The Usual Track
Many youngsters benefit the most from orthodontics after baby teeth fall out and permanent teeth move into place. This classic case may start in the early teen years, leaving a nicely aligned and highly functional set of teeth going into adulthood. The length of time spent wired-up can vary, but average treatment time often falls around two years.
A variety of methods allow orthodontic treatment to solve nearly every possible scenario that appears, but successful treatment relies on good patient compliance. Wearing elastic bands consistently, keeping follow-up appointments for adjustments, and practicing outstanding home care can lead to a positive outcome. This commitment involves frequent preventive visits with your hygienist as well, a strategy that helps avoid cavities around brackets. The Comprehensive Dental team specializes in helping our orthodontic patients enjoy a successful outcome: a gorgeous, healthy smile.
Imagine walking out of our office with a bright new smile, and leaving years of coffee, tea, tobacco and other yellow stains behind. A simple visit reclining in the comfort of a modern dental chair can give you new confidence.
Nothing boosts your confidence like a terrific smile. But when yellow stain dims the brilliance, it's time to give it a lift. Professional whitening systems provide the ultimate in whitening results, quickly removing years of discoloration with quality controlled materials.
Composite fillings bond to your teeth and blend just as nature intended. Dr. Lockett at Comprehensive Dental brings the finest of modern dentistry to your oral health.
Damaged teeth might seem hopeless, but there’s often still a solid foundation that leaves you with options. A crown, or cap, can bring a compromised tooth back to full function. And with modern porcelains, you'll probably have a difficult time trying to find where the crown ends and the tooth starts.