General dentistry consists of a series of diagnostic methods and procedures for treating the most common dental health issues. At Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne, general dentistry is at the core of our patient care system and we use the most modern technologies to make each procedure as effective and comfortable as possible. Furthermore, recent technological advances have made it easier than ever before to sustain the natural appearance of your smile while receiving high-quality tooth restorations, gum disease treatments and routine cleanings. Each of Dr. Robert Harrell’s general dentistry techniques is designed with your long-term health in mind.
Most patients come for some type of general dentistry service several times per year. Advancements in dental technology, however, will forever change the way you think about cleanings, exams and x-rays. In fact, many of our new patients comment about how comfortable and high-tech the procedures are for them. They are truly amazed at how far dentistry has come.
Routine Teeth Cleaning
Having your teeth cleaned at regular intervals is the first step in keeping your mouth and teeth healthy. The talented staff of hygienists at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne use cutting-edge ultrasonic scalers, by far the most effective tool for removing plaque and tartar. Regular cleanings also include procedures that work to shine and polish the teeth, leaving your entire mouth feeling clean and vibrant between visits.
Digital X-ray Technology
Over the past decade, the use of digital X-rays has become commonplace in the field of dentistry. This system of imaging is distinctly different from traditional X-rays, as it decreases exposure to radiation and uses state-of-the-art computer software to provide the most accurate picture of the mouth and its underlying components.
Intraoral Digital Photography
Similar to digital X-rays, Dr. Harrell’s digital photography makes it easier than ever before to capture a highly detailed picture of the mouth. With a set of close-up photographs of the issues present in the mouth, patients can get a better idea of the treatment Dr. Harrell is prescribing and exactly how it will contribute to their oral health.
Thanks to recent technological developments, it is now possible to identify cavities with a sophisticated laser that painlessly analyzes tooth material. If a cavity is detected in its early stages, patients can be treated with smaller fillings and the pain that presents itself once cavities are fully developed can be avoided.
Dental exams are one of the most important aspects of general dentistry at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne. Dr. Harrell’s comprehensive exam includes checking each tooth for damage, analyzing periodontal health, TMJ analysis, an oral cancer screening and a full complement of digital photographs and X-rays.
Gum disease is prevalent among many patients and requires immediate attention to prevent further deterioration of oral health. If your gums are red, swollen or bleed easily, Dr. Harrell can diagnose your periodontal issues and provide immediate treatment to correct any problems. Periodontal health is essential to the strength and functioning of your teeth.
Dr. Harrell and the entire staff at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne strive to keep their patients healthy and smiling with a range of general dentistry procedures. If your teeth or gums are suffering or causing you pain, call or email Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne today to schedule a dental exam. If you are considering cosmetic work, contact us about a free, no-obligation smile consultation with Dr. Harrell. During your consultation, a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will look when your treatment is complete.