Preventive Dentistry Protecting Rochester Smiles
Restorative and cosmetic solutions are always available here at Zumbro Family Dental for patients in need – but wouldn’t it be nice if Dr. Nicholas Brong and his team could help you avoid these kinds of issues in the first place? That’s the foundation of preventive care. With the help of routine dental check-ups, refreshing teeth cleanings, and other services designed to protect oral health, patients can enjoy a better, more confident smile in the long term. Contact our office today if you have any questions, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment for you or a family member.
Your First Dental Visit
During your first visit at Zumbro Family Dental, our team’s goal will be to get to know you and your oral health needs very well. After meeting our team members and Dr. Brong, we’ll get to work inspecting your smile and noting areas in need. Essentially, new patients will be undergoing a dental check-up and teeth cleaning that are both even more diligent than their routine.
Digital X-rays will be essential when it comes to better understanding your smile and clearly viewing areas that aren’t accessible to the naked eye. This advanced technology here in Rochester offers patients dramatic improvements when compared to the traditional machines. Instead of having to use a darkroom to develop the film, digital X-rays are captured and available to view on a chairside monitor within a matter of seconds, and our team can even color-code or magnify them so that patients understand what they’re seeing much better. We can easily transfer them to insurance companies and/or outside specialists as well, if needed. Best of all, the amount of radiation used is reduced by up to 90%.
Dental Check-Ups & Teeth Cleanings
Dr. Brong recommends that children and adults alike attend two dental check-ups and teeth cleanings a year. In cases where the patient is struggling with periodontal disease or a strong sensitivity to decay, this number may be raised. These routine visits are crucial because they allow our team to identify potential problems right away and protect your oral health from serious damage.
Your examination will consist of several steps, all of them meant to help our team form a complete understanding of your smile from visit to visit. Dr. Brong will visually inspect each tooth, the gums, the bite, any existing restorations, and other oral structures to any symptoms of disease or injury, while digital X-rays will reveal anything lurking under the surface. An oral cancer screening will be provided as well. Once our team at Zumbro Family Dental has captured all the necessary information, it’ll be time for Dr. Brong to sit down with you, discuss the findings, and offer recommendations for treatment.
One of the most constant threats to your oral health and happiness is plaque. This sticky substance forms over teeth constantly, filled with dangerous bacteria that can cause damage if left in place too long. Regular brushing and flossing will clear it away, but missed areas develop into hard deposits known as tartar that can’t be removed without professional help. That’s where our dental team comes in! One of our talented hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth and gums, removing plaque and tartar and leaving your whole smile feeling nicely polished.
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TMJ & Bruxism Therapy
Do any of these symptoms seem familiar to you?
- Teeth that are inexplicably fractured, chipped, flattened, or loose
- Soreness in the face and/or jaw
- Constant earaches
- Constant headaches
- Increased sensitivity in the teeth
If so, there’s a good chance you’re suffering from bruxism, a common condition among adults that’s also referred to as teeth grinding. This “bad habit” typically affects patients while they sleep, making it difficult for them to stop and find relief on their own. Thankfully, Dr. Brong can provide assistance in the form of a personalized nightguard. This oral appliance is designed to protect your teeth and minimize the effects of grinding when worn, making it much easier for you to sleep worry-free.
Dental injuries are common when participating in athletic activities, and they’re dramatically more likely to occur if the person isn’t wearing some kind of protection for their mouth. If you or your child participates in a sport that involves contact with other people or hard surfaces, please talk to Dr. Brong about getting a customized sportsguard. Our team can provide an ideal fit that’s comfortable and strong!