Preventive Dentist Keeps Lincoln Smiles Healthy
At Olberding Dental, we strive to help Lincoln dentistry patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. The first step to keeping healthy, natural teeth for life is preventive dental care at our office and at home. Our team is here to help patients develop thorough, effective at-home oral health routines, and provide consistent, preventive six month teeth cleanings and dental checkups allowing us to diagnose and treat oral health concerns at the earliest possible stages. This preventive treatment and early diagnosis makes it possible for our team to restore oral health using the most conservative treatment options maintaining natural dental structure.
General and Preventive Dentistry Services
Preventive dentistry at Olberding Dental is a combination of services to protect against oral health concerns, and the most conservative treatments for tooth decay and gum disease.
- Cleanings and Checkups – The backbone of any preventive dentistry plan is the ADA recommended six month dental exam and teeth cleaning. At Olberding Dental, our Lincoln preventive dentistry services include annual x-rays, twice annual tooth-by-tooth dental examination and thorough teeth cleanings (removal of plaque and tartar and polishing), as well as screenings for tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, TMJ disorder, and bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching).
- Dental Sealants – Sealants are considered a treatment for children, but the truth of the matter is that patients of all ages benefit from dental sealants. Even the most thorough tooth brushing often falls short when it comes to cleaning the deep grooves and ridges on the molars, back teeth. Some of the spaces in these teeth can be too small for even a single toothbrush bristle to access. Dental sealants protect teeth from bacteria that enters these crevices and breaks down tooth structure. Sealants are easily placed during any routine checkup. The liquefied, plastic sealant material is painted over the surface of teeth and hardened. The entire process typically takes 15 to 30 minutes depending on the number of teeth to be treated, and the results can last up to 10 years.
- Scaling and Root Planing – Many patients suffer with irritated, bleeding gums resulting from periodontal disease for years. The infections flare up over and over again when treated with antibiotics alone. However, scaling and root planing not only remove the infection and damaged tissue, they also help prevent future infections. Scaling is the removal of plaque, tartar, and diseased tissue. Root planing makes it more difficult for plaque to attach to the roots of teeth leading to future periodontal wounds and gum disease flair ups.
- Metal-Free Fillings – For decades, metal amalgam fillings have been the standard restoration material for cavities. However, recent studies show that, though the metal itself is strong, the connection between the tooth and filling is actually quite weak and can damage the remaining dental structure. At Olberding Dental, we offer tooth-colored composite resin fillings that look great and strengthen and protect dental structure.
Contact Olberding Dental in Lincoln
If you have questions or want to schedule your checkup, call us today. Our friendly team is ready to help you get the dental care you need.