General Dentistry Services in Tulsa, OK
Masterpiece Smiles is a comprehensive Tulsa, OK dentist office. That means we have a wide variety of treatments for your whole family. You can get specialized treatments like Invisalign or cosmetic dentistry, but you can also receive general dentistry as well. With our general dentistry services, we can help you maintain a healthy smile for life.
Dental Cleanings And Dental Exams
Brushing and flossing at home is extremely important. Without both, you ensure you’ll soon have a cavity or gingivitis. However, only a dentist and dental hygienist has the training and specialized tools your teeth need to be truly clean. That’s why you should come to our Tulsa, OK dental office at least every six months (earlier if you spot a problem) as part of general dentistry. We strongly recommend our patients receive fluoride treatments and sealants for areas where cavities are likely. We believe preventive dentistry is the key.
You’ll also get a thorough exam when you come in. We have tools that can detect cavities too small to see otherwise. Digital X-rays will help us detect cavities, gum disease, infections, and bone loss. Nutritional counseling is available to help you make sense of all the conflicting studies about what’s good or bad for your teeth. Coming to our office regularly also lets you build a relationship with your dentist and our team.
Signs of Gum Disease
The CDC estimates that close to 50 percent of people in the U.S. have some form of gum disease. Some of the warning signs are gums that are tender, swollen, or dark red. The most common sign is bleeding after you brush and floss. If you see some of these symptoms, contact us to get treatment. As a routine screening, our hygienists are trained to perform periodontal charting which creates a baseline of the depths of tissue around your teeth.
Periocharting is like taking a small ruler between your tooth and gum to measure the depth. Any reading greater than 3 mm is a sign of gingival infection. Root planing and scaling and our LANAP laser system can both get rid of the bacteria behind gum disease. We also offer Perio Protect, a medicine that kills bacteria in your gums. Masterpiece Smiles is one of the only certified dental offices in Tulsa, OK for Perio Protect.
Saliva helps you chew your food, but it also helps keep your mouth clean. It washes over your teeth all day long. This helps remove tiny particles of food and drink left behind in your mouth. Harmful bacteria rely on those particles to grow. When you have chronic dry mouth, you’re more at risk for cavities and gum disease. A fluoride rinse can often help alleviate this problem.
Causes of Bad Breath
Halitosis is the medical name for chronic bad breath. It can be caused by several things. Dry mouth, for example, doesn’t wash away particles of food left in your mouth, so that could be a cause. More than just an annoying problem, halitosis can also be a sign of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease or worse, full periodontal disease.
At our Tulsa, OK dental office, we can test your saliva using MyPerioPath to help identify the cause of your bad breath. Once determined, the testing can further identify which antibiotic treatments might assist in arresting the gum infection. There is also the ability to use this testing to determine your genetic risk factor for periodontal disease.
An Athletic Mouthguard Solution
Many school sports require athletic mouthguards these days. That’s because a mouthguard is like wearing a helmet for your teeth. If you get in an accident, the mouthguard can help protect your teeth, soft tissues, lips, and jaw from damage. Another benefit of a mouthguard is that they can be made to enhance your physical performance in sports.
The process to have a specialty sport mouthpiece made is simple. Via a simple impression of your teeth, special labs can calibrate the ideal jaw placement for oxygen intake and physical performance enhancement and create an appliance to put you in that position during sports, giving you the edge you seek.
If you are ready for treatments to help with cavities, gum disease, and more, schedule a general dentistry appointment today at 918-925-9687 or use our convenient online form for your next appointment.