General and Preventive Dentistry
While we offer many services at Over the Mountain Dentistry, hygiene cleanings and exams are the most important step to maintain a healthy smile. Regardless of how often you brush and floss, you are bound to run into oral health problems.
At OTM Dentistry we know dental problems can happen any time. Proper dental care is essential to the overall health of your teeth. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily can help prevent future oral health problems but alone are not enough.
To help take care of your teeth, we offer cleanings and exams in addition to our other services. Since no one is immune to tooth decay, we serve both children and adults. We encourage you to call us to schedule your cleaning today!
Tooth decay can cause cracked and chipped teeth. Dental fillings can repair the damaged tooth. Fillings help to eliminate pain in the tooth and prevent further damage. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help us determine whether or not you need a dental filling.
At OTM Dental, we use tooth colored fillings rather than amalgam. These fillings will restore functionality to your tooth without anyone realizing you have a filling in place.
Gum Disease Therapy
Bacteria that feed on sugars around the teeth cause gum disease, also called periodontal disease or gingivitis. When these bacteria enter the gums, they can cause infections which can be incredibly painful. The symptoms of gum disease can include bleeding, tenderness, receding gums, loose teeth, persistent bad taste and breath, or the formation of pockets between teeth and gums.
Here at OTM Dentistry, we offer various gum disease treatment services, including non-surgical treatment options. Scheduling regular dental appointments can help us detect any problems and prevent future damage to your teeth and gums.
Oral cancer screenings can help to determine if there is any kind of abnormal cell growth occurring in your mouth. Dr. Carter will check your lips, gum tissue, inside lining of the cheek, tongue, palate, throat, and tonsils for any abnormalities. Since a visual examination alone may not be enough to identify the symptoms of oral cancer, we may suggest a few tests to be sure that there is no danger of oral cancer.
If caught early, oral cancer can be treated successfully.
Root Canal Treatments
The area that exists inside the walls of a tooth is called the root canal. When there is tooth decay, the pulp inside this chamber is in danger of permanent damage. This is when root canal treatment is necessary to save the remaining tooth before it is damaged beyond repair. During root canal treatment, the decay is cleaned out and the root canal chamber is filled with a tooth-colored material to protect the tooth from further decay.
Signs and symptoms of an infected tooth:
- Swollen and Tender Gums
- Sensitivity to Hot and Cold Foods
- Discoloration of the Tooth
If you are in need of any of the general and preventative dental services we offer, you can contact us or call us at 205.968.1296 to schedule an appointment.