Preventive Dentistry in Bryant, AR
To have a truly exceptional smile, Dr. Ouellette believes you need a strong, healthy mouth. Regular checkups allow us to monitor your oral health and give you tips for proper home care. When you come in, our hygienist will clean your teeth and perform a complete exam to look for signs of gum disease. A leading cause of tooth loss, gum disease often goes untreated because the early signs are mild. With proper therapy, we can correct problems and restore your mouth to health. Preventive care in our Bryant office may include:
Checkups & Cleanings
The foundation of any oral health care plan is visiting the dentist at least two times each year for preventive dentistry checkups and professional teeth cleanings. These visits allow our team to work with patients to prevent common oral health issues, and gives us the opportunity to diagnose and treat other concerns in the earliest stages before they are able to damage oral health leading to the need for extensive treatments. Each checkup includes diagnostic x-rays and images, careful evaluation and screening for decay, gum disease, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, bruxism, and oral cancer. Our hygienist then cleans every surface of teeth removing plaque and tartar buildup from hard to reach surfaces, and finally, the dentist sits down face to face with patients to explain our findings, possible treatment options, and work with patients to create a personalized plan for ongoing oral health care to help them maintain their healthiest smiles for life.
Sealants are one of the easiest and most comfortable ways to prevent common oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease. The majority of oral health issues stem from an excess of plaque and tartar buildup on teeth. The mouth is a complex ecosystem. Bacteria in the mouth perform necessary functions in the digestion process, but like other living organisms, bacteria excrete waste products. Plaque is the sticky, acidic byproduct of bacteria. In most cases, saliva neutralizes this acidic plaque, but when the amount of plaque overwhelms saliva’s neutralizing abilities, it sticks to the porous surfaces of teeth weakening the enamel. Dental sealants are thin, clear barriers that protect the enamel from the potential damage of plaque buildup on teeth. We apply these sealants simply and painlessly as part of any dental checkup. The sealant is applied in liquid form to the surface of teeth, and then, hardened into position, creating a protective coat.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction and bruxism, unconscious teeth grinding and clenching, may have separate causes, but they can both be effectively treated using a simple, comfortable nightguard. These custom oral appliances create a physical barrier between teeth preventing damage and wear from unconscious grinding and clenching. Additionally, the custom crafted appliances position the jaw in its ideal alignment, reducing unconscious shifting at night, relieving undo strain, and improving comfortable and natural TMJ motion.
Patients who participate in sports where their teeth may come in contact with athletic equipment, other players, or hard surfaces should always wear a mouthguard to keep their smiles safe. There are a variety of options available in local sporting goods stores, but these solutions are often uncomfortable, ineffective, and lead to lack of patient compliance. Our dentists offer patients customized sportsguards that provide optimal comfort and protection, and help patients maintain their smile safety during high and low impact sports.
Dental emergencies happen to even the most cautious patients, but David L. Ouellette, DDS and his Bryant, AR dental team welcome patients experiencing a dental emergency to contact our office right away. We do our utmost to provide same day care to patients experiencing dental emergencies, and if we are unable to see patients on the day they call, we take time to carefully explain first aid and pain management. If you or a loved one experiences the following emergencies or any others, contact our team right away:
- Knocked out teeth or dental restorations (crowns, inlays, onlays, bridges, etc.)
- Chipped, cracked, or broken natural teeth, replacement teeth, or dental restorations
- Severe toothache that may indicate a need for root canal therapy
- Damaged or broken partial and full dentures