Regardless of your oral hygiene habits and how often you brush and floss, you are bound to run into oral health problems. This is why it is recommended that you visit the dentist at least two or three times a year, although this varies depending on your oral hygiene habits.
Here at Over the Mountain Dental we realize that dental problems can develop at any time. This is why 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 they won’t be enough. You should eat a well-balanced diet, and visit your dentist for a checkup twice a year to prevent plaque from building up and cavities from developing.
To help take care of your teeth, we offer hygienic cleanings and exams as well as our other services. Additionally, we serve both children and adults, because no one is immune to tooth decay. We invite you to come in for a dental check-up. Please contact us to schedule your preventive dental care appointment.
Gum Disease Therapy
Gum Disease, also known as Periodontal Disease or Gingivitis, is caused by bacteria that feed on sugars and thrive around the teeth. When these bacteria enter the gums, infections cause the gums to become swollen which can be incredibly painful. The symptoms of gum disease may include bleeding, tenderness, receding gums, loose teeth, persistent bad taste and breath, and the formation of pockets between teeth and gums.
Here at Over the Mountain Dental, we offer various gum disease treatment services including non-surgical treatment options like Scaling and Root planing. Scheduling regular dental appointments can help your dentist detect any problems and prevent future damage to your teeth and gums.
Oral cancer screenings are a careful examination of the entire oral cavity to determine if there is any kind of abnormal cell growth occurring in your mouth. Your dentist will check your lips, gum tissue, inside lining of the cheek, tongue, the palate, throat, and tonsils for this abnormality. 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 oral cancer is caught early enough, it can be treated successfully. This makes regular dental check-ups all the more important.
Root Canal Treatments
The cavities that exist inside the walls of a tooth is called the root canal. When there is tooth decay, the pulp inside this cavity 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 pulp is cleaned out of the root canal cavity which is then filled with a tooth-colored composite resin to protect the tooth from further decay.
These are some of the signs and symptoms of an infected root canal:
- Swollen and Tender Gums
- Sensitivity to Hot and Cold Foods
- Discoloration of the Tooth
If your teeth are cracked, chipped, or damaged due to tooth decay, dental fillings may be required to repair the damaged tooth. These fillings help to eliminate pain and sensitivity in the tooth and also help prevent further damage. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help your dentist determine whether or not you need a dental filling.
As the premier Mountain Brook General Dentist, we use tooth colored fillings rather than amalgam fillings which contain mercury, a well-known toxin. These tooth colored fillings are made of a composite resin that bond to your natural tooth and helps to restore functionality to your tooth without anyone realizing you have a filling in place.
If you are in need of any of the general and preventative dental services we offer Mountain Brook, AL residents at Over the Mountain Dentistry, you can contact us here or call us at 205.968.1296 to schedule an appointment.