General Dentistry in Coral Springs, FL

Maintain Excellent Oral Health at Optimum Dentistry

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is crucial for protecting your whole-body health. While daily brushing and flossing can help, they’re not the only ways to ensure your smile looks and feels good in the coming years. Dr. David Santana, our general dentist in Coral Springs, FL, recommends visiting our office every six months to boost oral health and maximize your at-home oral hygiene efforts with general dentistry.

Our General Dentistry Services

Dental Cleanings & Exams

At Optimum Dentistry in Coral Springs, FL, we recommend our patients come in for a dental cleaning and exam at least twice a year. During these appointments, our experienced dental hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Our dentists will also perform a comprehensive exam, checking for any signs of dental problems and addressing them promptly to prevent further damage.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a simple and painless preventive dental treatment that can protect your teeth from decay. We apply this thin, protective coating to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, where tooth decay is most likely to occur. The process involves cleaning and drying your teeth, applying a special gel to help the sealant adhere properly, and then painting the sealant onto the grooves and pits in your teeth before hardening it with a special light.

By filling in these grooves and pits, dental sealants create a smooth surface that is easier to clean and less likely to accumulate plaque and bacteria. They’re most often recommended for children and teenagers but can also benefit adults at high risk for tooth decay. Dental sealants are long-lasting and cost-effective and, with proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, can last up to 10 years.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments are preventive dental procedures that can help protect your teeth from decay. Fluoride is a mineral that helps to strengthen tooth enamel and make it more resistant to acid and bacteria. The treatment involves applying a fluoride gel or foam to your teeth for a few minutes, then rinsing it off. This process helps to remineralize your teeth and prevent the development of cavities.

Fluoride treatments are often recommended for children and teenagers, as their teeth are still developing and are more susceptible to decay. However, they can also be beneficial for adults who are at high risk for tooth decay. Dr. Santana may recommend fluoride treatments based on your individual needs and risk factors.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are a popular alternative to traditional metal fillings to restore a tooth after a mild-to-moderate cavity. They use a mixture of tooth-colored plastic and glass particles, blending in seamlessly with your natural teeth. The filling material is applied in layers and hardened with a special light, then shaped and polished to match the contours of your tooth.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer screenings are a routine part of a dental check-up and involve a thorough examination of the mouth, tongue, and throat for signs of cancerous or pre-cancerous growths. Dr. Santana looks for any unusual lumps, bumps, or discolorations and may feel any swelling or tenderness in the lymph nodes. 

Oral cancer screenings are important because early detection and treatment can significantly improve the chances of a positive outcome. If your dentist detects any abnormalities during the screening, they may recommend further testing or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation. Dr. Santana recommends adults receive an oral cancer screening at least once a year.

Mouthguards and Nightguards

At Optimum Dentistry in Coral Springs, FL, we offer custom-made mouthguards and nightguards to help protect your teeth from damage. We design your mouthguards to be worn during sports and other physical activities, protecting your teeth from impact and injury. However, nightguards protect your teeth from grinding and clenching during sleep, a condition known as bruxism.

Our custom-made mouthguards and nightguards are made from high-quality materials molded to fit your teeth perfectly. This personalization ensures maximum protection and comfort while wearing them. Whether you’re an athlete looking to protect your teeth during sports or suffer from bruxism and need a nightguard to protect your teeth while you sleep, our general dentist in Coral Springs can help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Maintaining good oral health between dental appointments is essential for preventing cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems. Here are some tips to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily for at least two minutes each time, using fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss at least once daily to remove plaque and food particles between your teeth.
  • Limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks, which can erode tooth enamel and contribute to tooth decay.
  • Drink plenty of water, which can help rinse away bacteria and food particles from your mouth.
  • Use an antimicrobial mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
  • Quit smoking and avoid tobacco products, which can increase the risk of oral cancer and other dental problems.
  • Chew sugar-free gum after meals, which can stimulate saliva production and help neutralize the acid in your mouth.
  • Wear a mouthguard if you participate in contact sports to protect your teeth from injury.

The frequency of dental x-rays varies depending on your age, oral health, and other factors. Generally, adults with healthy teeth and gums may only need x-rays every 2 to 3 years, while those with a history of dental problems or at higher risk for oral health issues may need x-rays more frequently.

Children and teenagers require more frequent x-rays as their teeth and jaws are still developing. In general, children should have x-rays taken every one to two years to monitor their dental health and ensure proper development.

The cost of general dentistry treatment can vary depending on several factors, including the type of treatment needed, the location of the dental practice, and your insurance coverage. Your dentist can provide you with a more accurate estimate of the cost of treatment based on your individual needs and insurance coverage. Many dental practices also offer financing options to help make dental care more affordable.

Many dental insurance plans cover general dentistry services such as routine dental exams and cleanings, x-rays, fillings, and some types of oral surgery. However, the coverage and benefits can vary depending on the insurance plan. You should always review your insurance plan to understand what’s covered and what’s not.

In some cases, insurance plans may have restrictions such as a waiting period before coverage starts, annual maximums for benefits, or limitations on certain procedures. Your dentist’s office may also help you understand your insurance coverage and work with your insurance company to maximize your benefits.

Learn More About General Dentistry at Optimum Dentistry

Dr. Santana, our top Coral Springs, FL, dentist, works hard to provide the best quality general dentistry services available. With cutting-edge technology and an experienced team, Optimum Dentistry helps patients solve their oral health problems and maintain their health. 

Schedule your appointment at Optimum Dentistry by calling (954) 775-0185 or filling out our online contact form. We’re proud to serve patients in Coral Springs and the surrounding communities of Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, and Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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