Preventive dental services include routine oral exams, X-rays, cleanings, mouth guards, Occlusal guards, sealants, oral cancer screenings, and fluoride treatments. Educational instruction such as proper brushing and flossing methods is also considered the best way to prevent tooth decay. These treatments are considered preventive because they’re aimed at identifying and stopping early dental issues before they arise.
Oral Exams – We offer standard oral exams. Whether you are taking tip top care for your teeth, or haven’t been to a dentist in a year. We give oral exams that you can feel comfortable with. Giving you instructions on how you can either maintain your teeth, or give you a diagnosis of how you can better treat your teeth.
Oral Cancer Screenings – During an oral cancer screening exam, we will look over the inside of your mouth to check for red or white patches, and mouth sores. Using sanitary methods we will also feel the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities. We will also examine your throat and neck for lumps.
Fluoride Treatments – Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resilient to acid attacks in the mouth, from plaque bacteria to sugars. It also reverses early decay. Fluoride becomes incorporated into the development of permanent teeth, making it difficult for acids to demineralize the teeth. Fluoride also helps speed remineralization as well as disrupts acid production in already erupted teeth of both children and adults.
Sealants – Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth, usually the back teeth, to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Sports Guards – Sports guards are a protective mouth guard worn on the upper teeth during sports to prevent an oral injury. This helps protect against broken teeth, cut lips, and other damage to the mouth. We also recommend utilizing sports guards for patients that have fixed dental appliances or wear braces. Mouthguards are an essential piece of athletic equipment for anyone participating in a sport that involves falls, body contact, or flying equipment.
These are designed and made specifically for your athlete. We take an intraoral scan of your mouth and digitally design your mouth guard based on your teeth! Since they are custom fit, they provide the most comfort and best protection.
Occlusal/Night Guards – The term “occlusal” refers to the surfaces of your teeth that are used for chewing. When you are damaging those surfaces by clenching or grinding your teeth, an occlusal guard may be recommended by your Lawler Family Dentistry Care Team!
Custom Occlusal Guards
We are able to make your occlusal guard with the use of our in-house laboratory! We will take an intraoral scan of your mouth and digitally design an occlusal guard based off of your teeth. Doctor Ethan designs, 3D prints, and adjusts your occlusal guard all in-house. This allows a custom-made product that fits your teeth perfectly and a shorter delivery period.