Autumn Dental

Preventive dentistry

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Preventive care in Hendersonville

Good oral health starts with proactive preventive care and education. This is the most important aspect of our office. Our hygienists are gentle, friendly, and dedicated to your oral health. Regularly scheduled examinations and cleanings will give you the maximum opportunity for long-term dental health.

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CLEANINGS & EXAMS

TWICE YEARLY CLEANINGS ARE A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF ORAL HEALTH. SCHEDULING A CLEANING EVERY SIX MONTHS ENSURES THAT YOUR DENTIST CAN DETECT AND INTERVENE WITH ANY POSSIBLE ISSUES - LIKE CAVITIES OR ORAL CANCER - EARLY.

Cleanings and exams seem like very basic treatments – however, they’re two of the most important.

Each time you visit Autumn Dental for a checkup, we will complete a thorough, professional teeth cleaning and dental exam to help your smile stay healthy. During your cleaning and exam, our dental team will:

  • Examine your smile for signs of any damaging dental conditions or diseases.
  • Clean your teeth by removing any plaque or tartar, which can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease.
  • Floss and polish your teeth for a healthy, bright smile.
  • Perform an oral cancer screening – to catch any signs early, when oral cancer can be treated more effectively.

We also will use dental x-rays to further evaluate your smile and make certain that you receive the care you need.

Call us to learn more about dental cleanings and schedule an appointment for your checkup today.

DIGITAL X-RAYS

DIGITAL X-RAYS ARE A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF ORAL HEALTH. THEY ARE VITAL IN DETECTING DENTAL ISSUES.

One of the main concerns with x-rays is the exposure to radiation. Digital x-rays reduce the radiation exposure by over 70% over traditional x-rays. These digital images allow the Autumn Dental team to quickly diagnose oral problems, determine their severity and are integral to mapping out a treatment plan.

With these images, Dr. Allen can instantly view the high-quality images on monitors right in the treatment room to provide you with efficient, accurate diagnoses and care. Being able to view these images in the treatment room as soon as they’re taken ensures that you are a part of your treatment plan. We want to make sure that you see and know what problems you are facing and how we can help you fix them.

The Autumn Dental team is able to use digital radiography to identify and diagnose many dental problems, such as decay in between teeth, developmental abnormalities, improper tooth root positioning, cysts and abscesses, fractures in existing fillings, tumors, infection in the tooth nerves, and bone loss.

Hendersonville dentist examines digital x-rays with dental hygienists
Family man smiling with dental sealants on teeth in Hendersonville

SEALANTS

SEALANTS ARE ONE TOOL THAT DENTISTS USE TO PREVENT TOOTH DECAY.

A sealant is a preventive dental treatment that Dr. Allen may recommend to protect your teeth or your child’s teeth. Dental sealants block the bacteria and food particles that can cause decay and create a smooth surface on the tooth, which is easier to clean.

A dental sealant is made of a clear or tooth-colored resin material, which is painted onto the chewing surface of the tooth. By blocking out the bacteria and food debris that lead to tooth decay, the sealant prevents decay and cavities. The dental sealant forms a smooth surface over the natural pits and grooves of the tooth surface, which also makes it easier to clean your teeth effectively with normal brushing.

Dental sealants most often are recommended for children. The Autumn Dental team suggests sealants for the permanent molars as soon as they come in, which is usually between the ages of 6 and 12 years. We also may recommend dental sealants for adult patients whose teeth are prone to decay, have not been restored or have suffered from decay in the past.