Preventive Dental Care in Akron, OH
At Arsmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer comprehensive preventive dental care to patients of all ages. Our experienced dental team’s holistic approach focuses on more than just a patient’s teeth. Dr. Chegini treats dental problems and oral health as part of a bigger picture that affects a patient’s overall health and well-being. At Arsmiles we provide individualized care that is tailored to meet each patient’s specific needs. Learn more about our holistic preventive dental care services in Akron, OH, below.
Preventive Dental Checkups and Cleanings for Adults and Growing Patients:
Visiting your dentist every six months for routine checkups and cleanings can prevent gum disease, tooth decay and help detect other dental issues before they become serious problems.
In growing patients, these preventive visits are even more crucial. Monitoring overall dental development, occlusion (bite alignment) and the timely eruption of all permanent teeth in children is vital to prevent impaction of permanent teeth and ensure they receive appropriate pre-orthodontic treatment if needed.
Dr. Chegini performs a thorough examination of your teeth and gums for any signs of decay, gum disease or damaged restorations. We also give you instruction on proper brushing and flossing techniques and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Sealants are resin coatings that are painted on the chewing surfaces of back teeth.. Sealants prevent bacteria from penetrating and causing decay in the deep pits and fissures of molars. Both adults and children may benefit from sealants. They are a painless, affordable way to protect your teeth from cavities.
If a tooth has a slight amount of decay in the enamel, your dentist may place a preventive resin restoration to prevent cavities from developing. These are called PRR or preventive resin restorations.
Topical application of fluoride is another easy way to prevent dental decay and help strengthen teeth. Fluoride is also proven to reduce tooth and root sensitivity.
Pre-Orthodontic Space Management
Monitoring the dental growth and development of pediatric patients and managing the spaces in dental arches are vital to prevent crowding, malocclusion, misalignment, impaction of permanent teeth and other complications. We utilize dental appliances such as space maintainers, palatal expanders and braces to ensure all permanent teeth erupt in a timely manner and help your child achieve a beautiful, healthy smile for life.
TMJ Treatment and Bruxism Appliances
Another strong focus of our practice is the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ and all types of dental skeletal problems. Dr. Chegini’s deep knowledge and expertise in the area of dental occlusion make her a highly qualified provider in the management of problems associated with TMJ.
Comprehensive occlusal adjustment corrects a misaligned bite, which can be caused by various factors, including loose, shifting, crowded or missing teeth. Occlusal adjustment evenly distributes the pressure when you bite down, and eliminates irregular pressure on one side of the mouth. Once your bite is properly adjusted, your teeth will meet correctly.
Another treatment for TMJ and TMD is a custom-made bite splint that is designed to position the jaw in the most comfortable resting position. A bite splint (often called a night guard) protects your teeth from wearing, cracking and breaking if you clench or grind your teeth. Although most people grind their teeth at night, these comfortable and effective mouth guards can be worn anytime, and are especially effective in stressful situations that may cause you to clench your jaw. Bruxism appliances and comprehensive occlusal adjustment can ease or resolve TMJ symptoms such as headaches and jaw pain, and tooth sensitivity.
Tooth fractures, loose teeth, chronic sensitivity, discomfort upon chewing and other problems that may require extensive dental treatment can be avoided with proper diagnosis of malocclusion and preventive treatment for TMJ.