The office of:
Paul E. Thompson, DMD
Brandon R. Clements, DMD
Preventive care includes routine cleanings designed to keep mouths healthy and identify at their earlier stages any signs of potential problems. It also includes maintenance of the more demanding cases with advanced periodontal care, oral hygiene instructions, radiographs, sealants and preventive resins. Problems are best treated in their earlier stages and treatment at this stage is both more conservative and cost effective. We firmly believe that our patients should be presented with every opportunity to avoid future and potentially more costly and invasive problems. To that end, we aim to educate patients on the status of their oral health and to implement early detection and treatment in all areas of dentistry.
Healthy Mouth, Healthy You
Not all patients are the same. At St. Simons Island Dental Associates, we recognize that your needs are unique. Many patients should expect to be in need of cleaning every six months. Some patients can go longer between their cleanings. Still others need attention every three to four months.
Which group do you fall in? What are the signs that you are overdue for a cleaning?
All of these questions and their respective answers may help us to understand your needs and educate you as to how you can help yourself avoid future problems.
Radiographs (x-rays) are an essential part of proper diagnosis and treatment. Our office has been using digital radiography for nearly ten years and we have come to appreciate the advantages of reduced radiation and enhanced imaging over that time. Clear, accurate images give us a glimpse inside your teeth and surrounding structures, showing us so much more than what we can see and touch inside your mouth. Properly applying radiographic interpretation can allow us to identify potential problems long before they become symptomatic. Doing so allows us to offer treatment that is more timely, often less invasive and more affordable to the patient.
It is an outright myth that sealants prevent all future problems with your teeth. While sealants do have applications in many patients, both young and old, they are in no way necessary for everyone. If patients are consistent with their regularly scheduled visits, most dental decay can be detected early enough so that treatment of any potential lesions can be done with little or no anesthesia. Proper use of sealants and preventive resins helps us keep the experience as pleasant as possible for both children and adults.
While most people will at some time find a need for such procedures, some patients will never need them at all. Case selection, attention to systemic health issues, and past history are all factors we weigh before we ever recommend treatment, even if such treatment is minimally invasive.