General dentistry refers to treatments and services related to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of dental disease. With scientific research showing a link between oral health and overall health, it is more important than ever to keep your teeth and gums clean and disease-free.
You are not alone in your journey toward optimal oral health. Dr. Ashwini Bhave and our team at Bay Area Dental Specialists are committed to helping you achieve and maintain oral health and overall health through top-quality services.
Establishing a good at-home oral hygiene routine is an important part of maintaining a healthy smile. However, there are certain types of care that only a dental professional can provide. Regular dental cleanings with our team help your mouth stay cleaner and allow you an opportunity to get professional advice about refining your at-home hygiene habits. And regular dental exams help us monitor your mouth for any changes that could indicate the beginning stages of a problem — early detection means less-invasive, less-costly treatment.
If our team feels it would be beneficial, we might recommend an adjunct treatment. For example, a professional fluoride treatment can strengthen your tooth enamel, or the placement of sealants can reduce the risk of cavities by blocking bacteria from the tiny grooves on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth.
Dr. Bhave does everything she can to save broken, weak or decayed teeth. But in some cases, a tooth is so badly damaged or decayed that it cannot be preserved and the best course of action is to remove it. Tooth extractions with Dr. Bhave are gentle and minimally invasive. She plans out the extraction carefully and uses special instruments to remove the tooth in a way that does not cause trauma or damage surrounding teeth, gum or bone. Medication is used to numb your tooth so you do not feel any uncomfortable sensations during the extraction.
Gum Disease Treatment
Maintaining healthy gums is essential to your overall health. If your gums develop periodontal disease and it progresses without intervention, it can threaten the health of your teeth and jawbone.
A mainstay in the treatment of gum disease is scaling and root planing. Scaling uses special instruments to remove plaque and calculus (hardened plaque) above and below the gumline. Root planing smooths out rough surfaces and calculus from the tooth roots. Smoothing the roots helps the gum tissue better adhere to the teeth, making it hard for new bacteria to accumulate in the spaces between the gums and teeth.
When dental pain or emergencies strike, it’s reassuring to know that a professional team is available to help. Our office does everything we can to schedule you a same-day appointment and get you out of pain as quickly as possible. Depending on the nature of the emergency and the underlying problem, Dr. Bhave may be able to treat it in the same appointment; or, you may require additional appointments.
Learn More About General Dentistry Services
If you have questions about the general dentistry services we offer, we invite you to get in touch with our team today. Give us a call or send us an email.