The importance of having a healthy mouth cannot be over-estimated. A healthy mouth means you have strong teeth to help you chew, which makes digestion easier. Healthy teeth make it easier for you to speak clearly and give your face its attractive shape. One of the things clients like about Lovett Dental is the multidisciplinary approach we take to helping our clients maintain good oral health.
Your teeth require a different type of care depending on which stage of life you are in. The same techniques cannot be used to treat a child that are used to treat an older patient. Additionally, a different skill set is necessary from a dentist, a maxillofacial surgeon, a periodontist, an orthodontist, and an endodontist.
Information about Lovett Dental Team’s Approach to Keeping Your Teeth Looking Their Best
We take a multifaceted approach to helping our clients. We understand that a team approach is the best approach in addressing oral health concerns. The following is an explanation about Lovett Dental of what some of our team specialists do.
A dentist is a doctor who focuses on oral health. You should expect your dentist to:
- Promote disease prevention and oral health
- Create treatment plans to improve or maintain the oral health of those under their care
- Safely administer anesthetics
- Monitor the development and growth of their patient’s teeth and jaws
- Perform surgical procedures in the oral cavity that include treating bones, teeth, and soft tissue
A maxillofacial surgeon is a dentist who has completed four years of dental schooling and then has gone on to complete a hospital-based residency program for surgery. Their specialized training means that they have learned:
- Techniques of emergency medicine
- Techniques of general surgery
- How to administer anesthesia
Maxillofacial surgeons are the only health care specialists, apart from anesthesiologists, who are allowed to administer all levels of sedation, including general anesthesia. Their focus is surgical procedures connected to the hard and soft tissue of the face, jaw, and mouth. While a dentist may perform common procedures, such as simple extractions, complex or invasive procedures that require higher levels of sedation are usually performed by maxillofacial surgeons.
A periodontist is a dentist who focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. Their expertise includes the placement of dental implants. They provide preventative care for patients experiencing oral inflammation. Periodontists receive three additional years of education beyond dental school. They use the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. They are also skilled in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.
Some of the treatments you may expect a periodontist to perform could include:
- Treating problematic periodontal disease
- Scaling and root planning
- Placing, maintaining, and repairing dental implants
- Cosmetic periodontal treatments
Learn about Lovett Dental’s Commitment to Your Smile
One thing that you will notice about Lovett Dental Northside is that we are committed to the overall health of our patients. Experience shows that if a person brushes their teeth twice daily, maintains a low sugar diet, and regularly visits a dental professional, they can reduce the risk of diseases that lead to dental decay, which lead to tooth loss.
Research has shown that individuals who have 20 teeth or more by the time they reach the age of 70 have a higher chance of living longer than those with fewer than 20 teeth. Tooth loss as a result of decay or gum disease is almost completely preventable. There’s no reason why an individual who has a good daily oral health routine won’t be able to keep their teeth for the rest of their life.
At Lovett Dental, we are proud to offer oral health services that include:
- General dentistry
- Cosmetic dentistry
- General children’s dentistry
- Teeth whitening
- Root canals
- Crowns and bridges
Learn More about Lovett Dental’s Commitment to Your Overall Health
When thinking about Lovett Dental, we are not only concerned about our patient’s teeth and gums. We focus on the nervous system of the head and neck, the tongue, the salivary glands, and the jaw. We look for swelling, alterations, discolorations, and any other abnormalities. Often times, oral health professionals can spot warning signs in the mouth that may indicate issues elsewhere in the body.
We love your smile, and we want you to love it, too. Our expert oral health professionals combine science and art with the latest techniques to improve the health of your smile, the way your smile looks, and the way that your teeth function. We open early, stay open late, and offer flexibility to fit your busy schedule. Contact us at 832.734.9452. We look forward to helping you love your smile.