At Martin Dentistry, we care as much about your oral health as you do. That is why we want to make sure that you enjoy a strong, healthy smile – so that you can feel and look good today and avoid expensive dental treatments later on. Ideally, we want to see you every six months so that we can identify any dental problems you may be having in the early stages. We want our patients to choose the best general dentist for the job! With that in mind, we offer the following general dentistry procedures:
A dental exam is just like your regular medical checkup – a chance for the doctor to meet and talk with you, find out how you have been feeling, and identify any problems that could be developing so that they can be corrected before they become worse. Therefore, all patients should consider general dentistry to be very important.
The thing with tooth decay is that even if you are totally vigilant about your dental health, a tiny cavity can go unnoticed and then turn into something far worse. You might never even notice a cavity until you start feeling it with your tongue, at which point it could already have invaded your adjacent teeth.
At Martin Dentistry, we use the most modern imaging techniques to identify early-stage tooth decay. Once we find it, we can recommend the best course of treatment. Your dental exam is your first defense against more significant decay.
With regular dental exams every six months, you can go a long way to ensure your dental health for some time to come.
Not all that long ago, dental x-rays were not an easy procedure. They involved having a large plate inserted into your mouth, a wait to have the films developed, and then possibly another x-ray when the first one came out blurry.
Today, dental x-rays are all done digitally. It requires just the use of a very small camera, and most of the time the dentist can get an accurate image of your mouth in a single take. There is far less discomfort, and no waiting for what seems like forever to have the films developed. Your dentist can look at the images of your teeth on a computer screen and see them magnified up to 25x
As an added bonus, digital dental x-rays are considerably more environmentally friendly. That is because no chemicals are needed when images are sent straight to a computer screen. You get a more accurate picture of what is going on in your mouth, and there are no chemicals involved.
Do you dread dental cleanings? A lot of people do, because they are used to cleanings that require the use of sharp instruments to scrape away plaque and tartar.
The fact is, these cleanings are largely a thing of the past. Today, your dental hygienist is more likely to use an ultrasonic machine to clean your teeth, delivering high-speed pulsations to your teeth that blast away contaminants that can harm your teeth. Now, that is not to say that traditional scaling methods will never be used – if you have significant buildup, some manual treatment may be necessary, but you will not have to worry about sitting in the dentist chair for what seems like forever while the hygienist chips away at your teeth. This only happens if you have been neglecting your teeth, so don’t do it! See us twice a year for regular cleanings, and you will be able to have your cleaning done with very little manual scaling.
Dental hygiene is nothing more nor less than the way that you care for your teeth, and it does not have to be all that complicated. You know, of course, that you have to brush and floss regularly, but are you doing it the right way? You might be surprised at how many people brush and floss religiously, but get the technique wrong.
At Martin Dentistry, we want you to take care of your teeth properly. Of course we love having you visit us, but we know that the fewer visits you have to make, the happier you will be. So if you are not sure that you are brushing and flossing the right way, come and see us. We will show you how.
We can also offer useful tips that will help you to maintain your dental health at home. Poor dental health can lead to other health issues like heart disease, kidney disease and an increased risk of stroke, so let us help you to get it right.
Composite (Tooth Colored) Fillings
Hardly anyone still has metal fillings in their mouth, but if you are a certain age, it is possible that you do. You undoubtedly do not like the way they look, and you may also be concerned about other health issues due to the mercury content in amalgam fillings.
At Martin Dentistry, we do not use metal fillings at all. Hardly any dentist does. Instead, we use composite fillings, which are colored the same as your teeth and contain no harmful metals. If you have just developed a cavity, you can rely on us to fill it using only tooth colored composite fillings. And if you still have metal fillings, we can remove them and replace them with composite fillings.
Simply stated, you do not have to live with the unsightliness and potential health hazards of metal fillings. We can restore your teeth and your peace of mind with tooth colored fillings made from dental composite.
Root Canals (Endodontics)
Have you ever heard someone say, “I would rather have a root canal than…” Then you can insert whatever unpleasant activity they have to deal with, be it a visit to their in-laws, jury duty or doing taxes.
The reality is that root canals have a terrible reputation, and it is completely undeserved. A root canal is not an unpleasant procedure. It is actually something that people come to dentists for when they have already dealt with a great deal of unpleasantness in terms of dental pain.
You need a root canal treatment because the root of your tooth is infected and causing pain. The treatment itself is no more difficult than a simple filling, because it is done using local anesthesia. Your dentist simply cleans out the decay that is causing the pain and installs a cap on your tooth to restore functionality. All done. No more pain.
Oral Cancer Screenings
No one wants to hear a diagnosis of cancer of any kind, and most people worry about their lungs and their skin. So they wear sunblock, don’t smoke and see their doctor for regular checkups.
Now, most people do not even think about oral cancer. And yet it is very prevalent, affecting approximately 1,500 Americans in any given day. So why would you make sure to guard against other types of cancer and not oral cancer?
Your best defense against oral cancer is your dentist. When you see your dentist for a checkup, he or she will not just examine your mouth for tooth decay, but will also look for signs of oral cancer. If they are present, your dentist will order a biopsy. If it comes back positive, then your dentist will recommend a course of treatment.
Sure, finding oral cancer is scary. But do you know what is even scarier? Not finding it. Make sure to see us for regular checkups and oral cancer screenings.
Periodontics are dental treatments that work to keep your gums healthy. Unhealthy gums lead to unhealthy teeth that can become loosened and even fall out.
You might be surprised to know that more than 80% of Americans develop gum disease to one degree or another during their lifetime, usually around the ages between 40 and 45. You might also be surprised to know how very treatable gum disease is in its early stages.
Note that we said “treatable,” not “curable.” Once you have gum disease, you will always have it. There are treatments available and most are not painful. You can, for instance, have ultrasound treatments that will clean the bacteria out from your gum pockets where they grow and flourish. In advanced cases, of course, you will likely need root planing and scaling. If you let it go too far, you could end up needing surgery, but most of the time, if you have regular checkups and cleanings, gum disease can be controlled without the need for invasive treatments.
At Martin Dentistry, we offer general and preventative dentistry treatments to help you maintain your oral health. Every patient is a great candidate for preventative dentistry. To experience its many benefits, call us at 209-951-4251 to arrange an appointment, or use the form on our Contact Us page. We are located at 1310 East Swain Road, Suite 2, Stockton, CA 95210, and we welcome new patients.