Preventive Dentistry – Springfield, PA
Cleaning & Protecting Your Smile
Consistent oral hygiene is a crucial part of keeping your smile beautiful. By removing the plaque and tartar that has built up in your mouth, Dr. Hinebaugh can prevent the cavities and gum disease that could put your teeth at risk. Preventive dentistry in Springfield, PA is also a good way to address minor oral health issues before they become more severe – and thus, more difficult to treat. Has it been a while since your last dental appointment? If so, contact our Springfield dental office today!
Why Choose American Dental Center for Preventive Dentistry?
- Dentist with almost 40 Years of Experience
- Modern, High-Tech Dental Office
- Oral Cancer Screenings Using ViziLite
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
At each checkup, Dr. Hinebaugh will examine your teeth, gums, and other oral structures for signs of potential health issues. In addition to detecting decay and other problems early on, he can use this opportunity to find areas in your mouth that you’ve had difficulty keeping clean at home and help you adjust your habits accordingly. After that, he can remove plaque and other harmful substances from your mouth, including tartar that you wouldn’t be able to get rid of on your own.
Nightguards for Bruxism
If your teeth are unusually worn down, you might be grinding or clenching them at night. This is called bruxism, and it can lead to serious dental damage if left alone. Luckily, you can protect yourself from the long-term consequences by wearing a nightguard that acts as a barrier between your teeth. While you can buy a nightguard at a store, the ones provided by Dr. Hinebaugh can be customized for a precise fit, making them much more comfortable and effective.
Oral Cancer Screenings
The news that you have oral cancer can be devastating, but you’ll have a much better chance of successful treatment if the disease is found early on. Most dental offices offer oral cancer screenings as part of a checkup, but here, we use a screening device called the ViziLite®. This makes it easier to identify and evaluate any abnormal lesions in your mouth that could point to oral cancer or a similarly life-threatening disease that needs to be addressed immediately.
Gum disease can develop without you even realizing it, and in the worst-case scenario, it can lead to tooth loss. The most advanced form of the disease is normally treated via a deep cleaning, which consists of scaling (the removal of plaque and tartar that’s accumulated around and below the gum line) and root planing (the smoothing of the roots to protect them from further infection). Dr. Hinebaugh can also use a Co2 laser to remove infected gum tissue; this process is much more precise and requires less recovery time compared to using traditional metal tools.