Regular Dental Exams
At Portland Family Dentistry, our patients understand that regular visits to our NorthEast Portland dentist’s office can save them from unnecessary discomfort, expensive procedures, and time.
Taking care of oral health problems when they are first detectable, small, and relatively simple is the best way to protect your oral health and prevent the need for extensive and expensive procedures.
Filling a small cavity is a quick and easy process compared to the complex procedures required to restore deep cavities and tooth decay, which can develop into tooth aches, infection, or tooth loss. Just because nothing hurts doesn’t mean that everything is okay with your teeth. Only by scheduling regular exams with our Portland family dentist, Dr. Travis Agee, can oral health problems be detected early when they’re still minor, or prevent them from occurring at all.
Most dental problems don’t develop symptoms until they advance to a stage that requires a big commitment of time and money to repair. A great example is tooth decay, which doesn’t cause pain until it has encroached into the nerve. At that point, a root canal and crown are usually necessary to repair a problem that could of treated with a small filling if discovered early on. However, with routine care and examinations, Dr. Agee has the experience to detect a cavity long before it develops symptoms.
At our family dentistry in Portland, OR, we believe it is much easier to prevent decay than it is to treat the condition. For that reason, Dr. Agee advocates for fluoride treatment for any patient that could benefit from the element’s remineralizing effects on tooth enamel.
As your choice the best dentist NE Portland has to offer, our team at Portland Family Dentistry know that the scientific study has shown the extensive benefits of fluoride in the prevention of tooth decay. Fluoride treatments re-mineralize teeth, stop cavities from developing, and make your teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth.
The grooves and depressions on the chewing surfaces of back teeth, particularly molars, are very prone to decay. As part of prevention, Dr. Agee often recommends sealants, or a protective coating in those grooves to prevent food debris from sticking in them and causing cavities.
Sealants are essentially painted onto the teeth with no need for an injection or drilling, which means it’s quick, easy, and painless for kids and adults. Dental sealants are incredibly durable, can last for several years before a reapplication is required, and have no impact on a patient’s ability to eat, drink, or speak.
Periodontal, or gum disease progressively destroys the gums and jaw bone, which support your natural teeth. Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque, the yellowish film that sticks to your teeth along your gum line.
Bacteria found in plaque irritate your gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell, and bleed easily. Prolonged irritation can cause inflammation and infection that the body tries to fight off. The bacterial infection, along with the body’s defense against that infection, can cause deterioration of the bone and soft tissue that hold teeth in place. If this process goes untreated, it can lead to loosening of teeth and eventual tooth loss.
Plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar) if not consistently removed each day. Periodontal disease is best prevented thorough daily brushing and flossing of your teeth, along with regular routine visits to see our NE Portland dentist.
Scaling and root planing, sometimes called a deep cleaning, is a common treatment for periodontal disease. This method allows Dr. Agee and a registered dental hygienist to provide a thorough cleaning of the teeth and root surfaces, preventing progression of the disease.