Preventive Dentistry – Lancaster, SC
Stop Cavities Before They Even Begin
At Plantation Pointe Dentistry, we want to help you get the smile you deserve. Preventing cavities and gum disease is critical to maintaining healthy teeth for life. Through regular checkups and cleanings, we can help detect cavities and gum disease early and when necessary, provide a treatment plan.
Why Choose Plantation Pointe Dentistry for Preventive Dental Care?
- Trained to detect & treat dental problems early
- Educate patients on the proper way to clean their teeth and remove any plaque build up
- Friendly staff & welcoming atmosphere
Dental Checkups & Cleanings
Consistent dental checkups and cleanings are the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile. During these appointments, we will review your health, assess your needs and tailor a treatment plan just for you. One of our hygienists will remove any harmful plaque and tartar from your teeth and then Dr. Wade will review your health history, your teeth, gums, jaw, bite, and existing dental restorations, and provide any recommendations for improving your dental routine.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Did you know that many patients unknowingly grind their teeth in their sleep? Bruxism is the consistent grinding of teeth at night, which puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the teeth causing them to wear down and even crack. Dr. Wade has state-of-the-art equipment that he uses to create nightguards for patients suffering from bruxism. When used correctly, this small, oral appliance can help prevent future damage.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Did you know that someone is diagnosed with cancer every hour? You may be surprised that oral cancer is more common than you think. During each checkup, Dr. Wade performs a pain-free, oral cancer screening to look for early signs of the disease. Also, we are pleased to offer new advanced technology for oral cancer screenings. Since oral cancer is very easy to miss during the early stages, we make this screening a priority during each cleaning.
For decades, fluoride has been added to toothpaste and community water sources, because regular exposure to this mineral has been shown to drastically reduce a person’s risk of developing cavities. However, thanks to the rising popularity of non-fluoridated bottled water, more and more people aren’t getting enough every day to keep their smiles fully protected. That’s why we’re happy to offer a quick and easy fluoride treatment at regular checkups. We simply apply a topical fluoride solution to the teeth, and it literally helps rebuild the enamel that has been lost due to plaque, acids, and bacteria, stopping tooth decay in its tracks.
Children can develop many of the same dental issues as adults, so it's important for children to embrace proper dental care at an early age. As a father of two, Dr. Wade understands the need for gentle dental care when it comes to his young patients. Through regular dental checkups and cleanings, he will provide children with the information they need to stay on track and maintain a healthy smile.
Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is one of the most common and damaging oral health problems in the world today. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that about 50% of adults in the U.S. currently have a mild form of this disease. To help prevent gum disease, we perform thorough periodontal screenings at every checkup, and when needed, we provide a deep cleaning (known as scaling and root planing) to eliminate the infection at its source.
TMJ /TMD Therapy
The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the set of hinges on your lower jaw that enables it to move in all directions. It’s what gives you the ability to eat, speak, laugh, and yawn, but like other joints in the body, it can often develop issues due to strain or inflammation. Problems with the TMJ can lead to a stiff and painful jaw, chronic headaches, and even soreness in the neck and shoulders.
One of the biggest obstacles in all of dentistry is helping a patient understand their dental needs. It’s hard to comprehend why you might need a treatment if you can’t actually see what’s wrong. Thanks to our intraoral camera, this problem has long been solved. This device fits easily in the mouth and can capture high-resolution images of the teeth and gums we can display on a monitor right in the treatment room, helping you finally see your smile from your dentist’s perspective.
A common concern among patients has been the radiation emitted by dental x-rays. For years, we have used digital x-rays, finally putting these worries to rest. Being able to create crystal clear images much faster than traditional film X-rays, digital X-rays emit up to 80% LESS radiation, giving many of our patients peace of mind. Plus, the images can be easily blown up and color-coded so you can go over and better understand them with your dentist.