The Dental Health Center

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Services

How can we help you?

Our goal is to help you enjoy the benefits of a problem-free smile. One of the ways we do that is by listening to your concerns, answering your questions, and working with you to find solutions that make sense for you. Every time you ask a question, we get a better understanding of what matters to you and how you would like us to help you.

We hear lots of questions at our office, and here are some that our patients ask most often. If you have a question and don’t see it here, please feel free to call our office at (610) 494-0404 or send us an email using our handy online contact form.

Preventive Services

Many dental and health problems can arise without any symptoms. X-rays allow us to see into parts of the body that we cannot visually examine.

Why X-Rays Matter

Early to moderate tooth decay generally has no symptoms and can occur between teeth where we can’t see them. Digital dental x-rays allow us to identify decay in these areas, which would not be possible without their use. We also use x-rays to check for possible infections around the roots of your teeth. Dental abscesses can develop without any symptoms and are usually not detectable without an x-ray.

Our Promise To You

If you’re concerned about your safety, you’ll be pleased to know that at The Dental Health Center we use state-of-the-art digital x-rays. This technology allows us to take highly detailed images of your teeth and reduce your exposure by about 80 percent compared to film x-rays. Another advantage of digital x-rays is that we can share the images with you on your chairside monitor. When you see the problem for yourself, you can easily understand why you need treatment and how it will benefit your long-term oral health.

We want you to feel completely safe and comfortable with your treatment, so if you have concerns about x-rays, please call our office.

Developing tooth decay is usually a slow process that can sometimes take years to progress into a cavity. It begins as enamel breaks down and loses some of its mineral content. As the process continues, enamel loses more mineral content until the structure breaks down and a hole or “cavity” is formed.

Some Cavities Do Not Have Symptoms

Early and moderate tooth decay often has no symptoms, or you may notice only some sensitivity to temperature and sweets. The lack of symptoms from early tooth decay is due to the fact that the nerve tissue in teeth is located at the center of the tooth. It takes some time before tooth decay can penetrate far enough into the tooth for the nerve to become affected and become symptomatic.

When Cavities Can Severely Hurt

The problem is that by the time the nerve is involved and causes pain, the cavity is at an advanced stage and the tooth will require further treatment to correct the problem. When Dr. Seger identifies and fixes cavities before they affect the nerve and become painful, he can generally fix the tooth with smaller, more conservative fillings instead of using advanced restorative techniques.

The best time to schedule an appointment is when you don’t have any symptoms. Routine visits to The Dental Health Center as instructed by Dr. Seger will keep your smile healthy and a step ahead of serious dental conditions.

If you want to avoid problems by maintaining good oral health, preventive dental cleanings are essential. The general recommendation by the American Dental Association is to have cleanings every six months. But each of our patients is unique, and if Dr. Seger suggests more frequent intervals, it’s because they're needed to help you stay a step ahead of gum disease and tooth decay.

During Your Cleaning:

During a professional cleaning, our dental hygienist uses specialized dental instruments to get in the tiny spaces between your teeth and gently clear away plaque and tartar that your toothbrush can’t reach. If we don’t routinely remove this debris, it attracts bacteria that increase your risk of decay and gum disease.

For patients with a history of gum disease, we usually recommend cleanings at three to four-month intervals to help ensure that gum disease does not progress or recur. If you experience rapid tartar buildup, you will require more frequent cleanings.

Make Sure To Maintain Your Dental Cleanings

Dr. Seger and our team are committed to helping you achieve and maintain excellent oral health. Our personalized treatment plans take your unique needs into account, and sometimes that involves more frequent dental cleanings.

If you have questions or would like to schedule your next exam and cleaning, please call The Dental Health Center, and we will be happy to assist you.

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