Expert Dental Treatments From Our Loveland Dentist
Practicing a daily oral hygiene routine is a great way to keep your teeth both looking and performing their best. However, consistent brushing and flossing may not be enough to prevent certain dental issues. That’s why at the Center for Advanced Dentistry, our Loveland, CO dentist offers general dentistry services to protect your smile.
Dr. Andrew Howard and our team strive to provide patients with the best dental care and service possible. We welcome patients from Evans, Greeley, and Campion, CO to experience the Advanced Dentistry difference.
What is General Dentistry?
General dentistry treatments support oral health and prevent the development of dental complications. From routine checkups to preventative treatments by our expert dentist, general dental services help keep oral health on track. Our dental team is here to help maintain your beautiful, healthy smile for years to come!
Our General Dentistry Treatments
Regular Dental Exams & Cleanings
Regular exams and cleanings are critical to not only your oral health but also to your general health. Oral infections may increase your risk for cardiac, respiratory, and auto-immune problems, as the buildup of bacteria can enter your bloodstream.
During your regular exam, we will:
- Take any necessary digital X-rays
- Check for any abnormalities or signs of oral cancer
- Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay
- Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
- Perform thorough teeth cleaning
Visiting our office every six months gives you the chance to talk to the doctor about any questions you may have about your oral health.
Periodontal treatments can reverse the effects of early gum disease and remove harmful bacteria to get your oral health back on track. For your convenience, we offer a variety of periodontal disease treatments at our Loveland office, including:
- Surgical treatment
- Non-surgical treatment
- Saliva testing
- Laser treatment
Our laser dentistry methods provide a comfortable and painless dental experience for patients who may struggle with anxiety when visiting the dentist. Treatments performed with laser dentistry are more precise and allow for faster recovery periods compared to traditional dental tools. We offer laser dental solutions for both hard and soft tissues of the mouth, so you can receive all necessary dental care here at our Loveland office.
Sometimes brushing may not be enough to remove excess bacteria, especially when it comes to hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. Dental sealants are designed to give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective in preventing tooth decay. Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure after their permanent teeth have erupted. However, adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth so that they can also be protected against potential infection or complications.
Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay by strengthening the outer enamel of your teeth. Best of all, fluoride treatment can be completed in just a few minutes at our Loveland office. Depending on your oral health or your dentist’s recommendation, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months.
If you participate in any kind of full-contact sport, the American Dental Association recommends that you wear a mouthguard to reduce the risk of injury or trauma. There are three basic types of mouthguards: pre-made mouthguards, fitted mouthguards, and custom-made mouthguards. Dr. Howard can show you how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right oral appliance to protect your smile.
If you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, you may have a common condition called bruxism, which can cause damage over time. Luckily, nightguards are an easy way to prevent the complications that teeth-grinding causes, giving you a more comfortable sleep at the same time. Custom-made by your Loveland dentist from soft material to fit your teeth, a nightguard is inserted over your top or bottom arch and prevents contact with the opposing teeth.
Root Canal Treatments
A nerve that becomes infected inside your tooth can be the result of a cavity or traumatic injury. When this occurs, Dr. Howard may recommend a root canal treatment to remove the diseased part of your tooth. If the infected tissue is not removed, it may result in swelling, pain, and even the removal of the tooth itself. Root canal treatment can save your tooth’s structure and can be completed in one visit. We’ll do all we can to make your procedure as quick and painless as possible.
Pinhole Recession Surgery
Patients experiencing gum recession may benefit from pinhole recession surgery, a convenient way to restore lost gum tissue for a beautiful-looking smile. Unlike traditional gum grafting, this procedure doesn’t require any grafts, sutures, or incisions. This treatment also allows for a shorter recovery period.
Simple & Surgical Tooth Extractions
There are times when the best way to save your smile is to extract a tooth due to a cavity or infection. Orthodontic correction or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require extraction in order to avoid further complications. Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift. To avoid this, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth with one of our restorative treatments.
We also offer wisdom tooth extraction for your convenience. Wisdom teeth may become impacted due to a lack of room in the jaw or the angle at which they erupt. Your Loveland dentist will discuss what to expect and provide instructions for a comfortable and efficient healing process.