This term commonly refers to all dental treatments, from preventive visits to advanced restorative procedures. Regular checkups and cleanings are essential to any patient’s journey through the circle of dental care. At Hilltop Dental by Dr. George Apelian, these visits help us detect and diagnose the disease early when treatment is more accessible and often more affordable. Routine appointments allow us to educate our patients about proper oral hygiene at home. Brushing and flossing twice daily is the best way to keep your smile healthy between cleanings and exams!
Dental Cleanings & Exams
There are many reasons to schedule regular teeth cleanings with us. In a general exam, we will inspect your teeth and gums for signs of cavities, gingivitis, and other common issues. If we find a problem, our dentist may recommend treatment like a filling, crown, or other restorative procedure to protect your smile from further damage. We can also provide advice on how to prevent issues like tooth decay in the future. Plus, your cleaning appointment is a great time to ask your dentist any questions you may have about your dental health.
Regular checkups and cleanings are also essential to keeping your mouth healthy for the long term. Even if you practice diligent oral hygiene at home, only a dentist is thoroughly trained to detect problems you may not see or feel on your own. By getting a professional cleaning and exam every six months, you can rest easy knowing your smile is protected!
A dental night guard is a custom-fitted mouthguard worn while you sleep to prevent teeth from grinding or clenching. If you grind your teeth when you sleep, a night guard can be a helpful solution to reduce tooth wear and pain. Grinding your teeth can loosen fillings and even cause cracks or fractures in your teeth. The night guard is fitted over your teeth and between your upper and lower jaw. The night guard protects your teeth from excessive pressure and strain. It also takes the pressure off the jaw joint and helps to relax your jaw muscles, so they don’t clench or grind.
You may require tooth extraction if you have tooth decay or severe tooth damage that can’t be fixed with a filling, crown, or other treatment. You may also need to remove the tooth if it is impacted or broken at the root. This is common with wisdom teeth. If the tooth is infected, you may need to have the tooth removed to prevent it from spreading to other teeth. If your tooth is broken or damaged by trauma, your dentist may extract the tooth to prevent possible complications such as infection.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
A wisdom teeth removal is a procedure that is performed when a patient’s tooth is impacted or does not have enough space to erupt through the gums. This procedure is typically recommended when the wisdom tooth cannot independently break through the gum line. If left untreated, the patient can experience pain, inflammation, and infection in the surrounding gum tissue.
Preventive care is foundational to any dental practice. Our dentist will carefully examine your teeth and gums for signs of cavities, gum disease, and other common issues. Visit Hilltop Dental by Dr. George Apelian at 30300 Agoura Road, Ste. 230, Agoura Hills, CA 91301, or call (818) 865-8651 for the best dental care.