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 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 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 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.