Preventative Dentistry

Preventive care is the cornerstone of a lifelong healthy smile. When strong oral hygiene habits are paired with routine dental visits you’re able to keep time-consuming and painful dental problems from forming in the first place.

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Family Dentistry

At Dr.Wakim’s Office , you’ll be treated by one of our distinguished dentists who will perform a comprehensive exam. They’ll explore the current condition of your jaw joints and muscles. Using digital x-rays, your dentist will also take an in-depth look at your soft and hard tissues by performing an advanced oral cancer screening.

Why do we take this comprehensive approach? We believe that you deserve to know exactly what is going on with your smile. Let’s partner together to understand the full scope of your oral state, outline a plan for long-term health, and take the next steps to keep your smile thriving.

Your family deserves nothing but the very best care when it comes to their health. From teaching your kids how to properly brush and floss to helping you find relief from a painful toothache, your family's oral health needs are fully covered.

When you and your family step through our doors, you'll be treated by one of our highly-trained team members. Before diving into a comprehensive exam, we want to take the time to get to know you, ask about your smile goals, and ensure you feel comfortable. You'll then see the hygienist, who will take a detailed look at your teeth, gums, and jaw. Next, your dentist will walk you through your treatment options, making sure you understand the next steps and how they can enhance your oral health.

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Common Questions

How long does routine dental cleaning take?

Elizabeth Wakim and her expert team strive to deliver high-quality dental care that is as convenient as it is thorough. New patients can expect to spend approximately 1 hour 30 min in the office for a routine dental checkup, and existing patients should anticipate spending approximately 1 hour in the office.

What exactly is "dental cleaning"?

When we talk about dental cleaning, we are talking about a procedure called prophylaxis. Prophylaxis removes plaque and tartar buildup above the gum line, and healthy patients should receive prophylaxis every 6 months.

How often do I need to have dental x-rays taken?

New patients should expect to have dental x-rays taken at their first appointment. This gives our team a radiographic starting point for properly caring for your teeth. Our practice uses the most advanced dental x-ray technology available, which allows us to take highly accurate x-rays while minimizing patient x-ray exposure.

After your new patient x-rays, the frequency with which you will need to retake x-rays depends our your personal oral health. Patients with pathology-free mouths can expect x-rays every 12 months, or every other visit Patients who have a condition that needs to be more closely monitored can expect x-rays every 6 months, or every visit.

What happens during an oral cancer screening?

Oral cancer screening is an important part of your routine dental checkup. The dentist will examine the soft tissues of the mount-- lips, gums, cheeks, palette, etc.-- for any indications of disease using an Oral ID device. Oral ID uses fluorescence technology to detect any abnormal areas. She will also complete a manual exam of the face and neck.

If your dentist identifies an area that seems to have an unusual texture, color, or exhibits another symptom of oral cancer, the dentist will take a small sample of cells for further examination. This is called a biopsy.

How can I reduce my risk of developing oral cancer?

The most important thing you can do to reduce your oral cancer risk is to avoid smoking, chewing smokeless tobacco, and consuming excess amounts of alcohol. Regular oral cancer screenings are also important because early detection is essential to successful oral cancer treatment.

Who needs to consider getting a mouth guard?

There are several different types of custom mouth guards available, and they all serve slightly different functions. Athletic mouth guards can prevent dental trauma that may occur while playing sports or engaging in other physical activities. Night guards are designed to prevent patients who grind or clench their teeth from damaging the enamel of their teeth while they sleep. Special mouth guards can even be used to assist in treating sleep apnea.

Why is it important to identify and treat sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes people to stop breathing while they sleep. This can interrupt a patient's sleep cycle, lead to headaches and depression, or even increase a patient's risk heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and irregular heartbeat.

Luckily once identified, there are a variety of strategies that can be used to treat sleep apnea. Your dentist can diagnose you with sleep apnea and walk you through your treatment options-- CPAP machines, sleep apnea mouth guards, surgery, medication, and more-- to find the best option for you.

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