General dentistry is a critical part of your dental care. Because it’s about maintaining healthy oral hygiene and preventing common oral health issues, general dentistry allows us an opportunity to really connect with our patients and explain the best ways to maintain the health they have. In general dentistry, we get to build a relationship with our patients that lasts throughout their life.
We use our comprehensive exams as the foundation of our general dentistry. It allows us to get a firm grasp of your current dental health and determine the best methods for promoting oral wellness and how to achieve longevity in your smile. We learn about you – your goals, your desires, your concerns – and then we put it to good use to deliver a gorgeous smile with our general dentistry services.
Dr. Adams and Dr. Feliciano-Turner use the latest industry technology to aid in diagnosing and treating dental problems. This way, we can formulate the perfect treatment plan that’s right for you. We encourage our patients to take an active role in their care and to make informed, educated decisions.
We provide in-depth exams that include a visual inspection, charting, periodontal probing, screenings, and x-rays. This allows us to accurately diagnose any areas of concern and check for proximal decay on your teeth. We’ll examine your gums, jaw, joints, and teeth because your oral health is connected to how your whole mouth functions. Each exam is unique, as your medical and dental health is different from anyone else’s. Our exams help us determine the type of care you need and uncover anything that requires treatment. With our diagnosis, we can create a customized treatment plan that takes into consideration your overall health and your wallet.
Diagnosing oral cancer as early as possible is vital to successful treatment. Early detection can be lifesaving, which is why we offer oral cancer screenings as part of our preventive care. We use manual and visual screening methods to check all areas of your mouth including your gums, tongue, cheeks, and other soft tissues for any abnormalities. Patients over 40, and those who use tobacco or alcohol products are more susceptible to developing oral cancer, however anyone can be affected, which is why screening is so important.
Seeing what’s happening under the surface is essential to accurately diagnosing your dental concerns. Our advanced dentistry includes high-resolution panoramic x-rays that reduce radiation exposure by 70%. These sharp, crystal clear images show your teeth and jaw in a new perspective, and since they’re digital, we can rotate, magnify, and share the images easily. We also use Diagnodent and CariVue technology, which employ light fluorescence to detect cavities and cracks within the tooth. This method is a completely safe way to find decay before it becomes a major issue. We’ve added a CBCT scanner to our standard imaging equipment, in order to get 3D, panoramic images.
When was your last professional cleaning? If the answer is “too long ago”, it’s time to visit one of our skilled dental hygienists. We use Piezo ultrasonic and Cavitron magnetostrictive scalers to remove plaque and tartar from between your teeth and other areas where regular brushing may miss. Plaque buildup is the cause of gum disease and gingivitis, so routine hygiene appointments are critical to preventive care. We’ll teach you the proper techniques and habits to develop at home to keep your smile looking and feeling amazing.
A great smile includes healthy gums. Our periodontal exams assess your risk of gum disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Gum disease is caused when plaque bacteria, a sticky, colorless film, is not removed and allowed to harden into tartar. Signs of gum disease include swollen, bleeding or receding gums. When necessary, our exams include diagnostic salivary testing through OralDNA labs. As part of our periodontal therapy, we use Perio Protect, an at-home medication delivery in the form of trays, as well as CariFree to balance the PH in your mouth and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Patients with moderate to severe gum disease can also benefit from ARESTIN, a medication which restores healthy bacteria and improves the depths of gum pockets. We take care of your total smile, from teeth to gums!
The developing teeth of children benefit from regular fluoride treatments to help them grow into strong, beautiful smiles. Fluoride adds essential minerals to the enamel of the teeth, which makes it useful for adults experiencing sensitivity as well. Fluoride treatments create a barrier against decay and protect the sensitive dentin layer from temperature changes and other irritants. We recommend fluoride treatments to children at every visit and are happy to also offer them to adults who need some extra protection as needed. Ask us how fluoride can benefit your family’s smiles.
Your smile is an asset. That’s why you need to protect it, especially if you suffer from nighttime grinding (bruxism). Bruxism wears down your enamel and can cause additional damage to your smile. We offer custom-fit nightguards which protect your teeth as you sleep, to prevent unconscious grinding which can leave your jaw sore and teeth worn. For athletes, we can also provide sports mouthguards, which help protect teeth from injury.
We want you to feel comfortable during every treatment. If you’re nervous about your dental procedure, ask us about oral sedation. We’ll prescribe a medication in the form of a pill which is taken a few minutes prior to your appointment. The medication will help you feel at ease, but you’ll be fully awake and in control during the entire treatment. If you don’t like taking pills, we can also offer nitrous oxide, which is an inhaled gas that provides similar sedation effects. The effects wear off soon after the gas is turned off, and helps you remain calm even during lengthy procedures. Since your time is important to us, and we know that being numb for hours after treatment can be disruptive to your routine, we can provide OraVerse, a medication which reverses the effects of numbing anesthesia in half the time as letting it wear off naturally.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a very common problem, affective over 12 million Americans. It occurs when the airway becomes blocked by soft tissue from the rear of your throat. As you sleep, the airway collapses when it relaxes, causing an interruption of regular breathing patterns. Commonly, sufferers snore, feel restless, and are constantly tired as their quality of sleep is affected. Dr. Feliciano-Turner will treat sleep apnea with an oral appliance that fits over your teeth to move the jaw forward and keep the airway open and clear. We use customized oral appliances from TAP, Somnomed/Somnodent, EMA, Microair, and Oasys. Dr. Feliciano-Turner is happy to provide a consultation and find the correct treatment for you. Get the rest you deserve!
Please visit our full Sleep Apnea Treatment page to learn about Dr. Turner’s passion for this field.
Part of our commitment to our patients is creating a treatment plan that minimizes the risk of dental emergencies from toothaches or disease. However, some injuries can’t be prevented or predicted, which is why we’re fully prepared to handle dental emergencies should they arise. We’ll get you back to your normal routine as soon as possible and eliminate any discomfort. If you have an emergency, don’t hesitate to call our office right away.