Ellettsville Dental Center
Dentistry in Ellettsville, Indiana

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Dental Cleanings

Most people should be seen every 6 months for an exam and cleaning.  The exam allows the dentist to look for potential problems before they become expensive or cause pain.  The dentist will examine the teeth for cavities, the gums for periodontal disease, and the whole mouth for signs of oral cancer.   The hygienist will clean your teeth of tarter, plaque, and the bacteria that lives in the plaque.  

X-rays are very safe and very important to take as your dentist advises.  We use digital radiography which allows us to use very little radiation while also allowing us to view your x-rays in high definition.  

The x-rays allow us to look for cavities between the teeth, infections in the bone, periodontal disease, cysts and abscesses, and some tumors. 

 

You are not alone, according to a survey by the American Dental Association, 42% of the US population does not go to the dentist as often as they would like.

Prior to arriving you will be asked to fill out a few short forms that can be downloaded from our website, [email protected]

When you come in to see us we will have a conversation about what concerns you have, discuss any areas of discomfort, and what expectations you have for your treatment.   The dentist will do a thorough exam looking for tooth decay, periodontal disease, oral cancer, TMJ disorders, sleep apnea, destructive oral habits, cosmetic issues, and orthodontic problems.  

One of our highly trained assistants will take the necessary x-rays.  

By the end of the appointment our goal is that you understand what problems you have and what treatment options are available.  

 

Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, periodontitis, and pyria, is a progressive disease that causes the loss of the bone and the gums around the teeth.  It is an inflammatory disease caused by bacteria that is in the mouth at levels that are destructive.   If periodontal disease is left untreated tooth loss is possible.  Early detection is key, the disease can be treated and the progress slowed. 

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