Dental Exams and Digital X-Rays
Regular checkups and x-rays are fundamental for the best possible oral health. We recommend that each patient visit our office every six months. Personalized visits may be scheduled more frequently as needed for specialized dental needs.
Dr. Chuck Skinner and Dr. Brian Chudleigh may decide that fluoride should be part of your overall treatment. Fluoride treatments re-mineralize teeth, stop developing cavities and make your teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth.
Grooves in our teeth can sometimes collect food particles and plaque that cannot be reached by regular brushing and flossing. To prevent decay, tooth sealants can be applied, effectively “sealing” the deep grooves and protecting tooth enamel from plaque.
Dr. Chuck Skinner and Dr. Brian Chudleigh can provide this simple procedure in one visit, applying a simple tooth-colored acrylic coating onto the surface of teeth in need of the procedure. Tooth sealants are safe for children and adults, requiring only a few minutes for application. Sealants also wear well and remain on the applied teeth for several years before a reapplication is needed.
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can result in a wide range of dental problems over time. Sensitive teeth, jaw pain, headaches and ear or neck aches are all indicators of teeth grinding, which can have serious, long-term effects, including broken, chipped or cracked teeth.
If you suspect that you grind your teeth during sleep, Dr. Chuck Skinner and Dr. Brian Chudleigh can help you discover whether or not a medical condition may be contributing to this habit.
Once diagnosed with bruxism, the doctors at Louisville Dental Associates can provide a custom-fitted nightguard for your use from a simple impression of your top and bottom teeth. Dr. Chuck Skinner and Dr. Brian Chudleigh will take special care to ensure that you nightguard is adjusted to your personal needs, fitting perfectly for maximum protection.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease – also known as periodontal disease – is caused by bacteria that forms plaque, the yellowish film that sticks to your teeth along your gum line and causes tooth decay. Periodontal disease progressively destroys the gum tissue and jaw bone that support your natural teeth.
Bacteria found in plaque irritate your gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. Prolonged irritation causes the gums to separate from the teeth, leading to the formation of pockets (also known as “spaces”). As periodontal disease progresses, gum tissue and bone that hold teeth in place deteriorate, which leads to tooth loss if left untreated.
Plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar) if not consistently removed each day. Periodontal disease is best prevented by thorough daily brushing and flossing of your teeth, along with regular routine visits to see one of our hygienists at Louisville Dental Associates.