Preventive care is the key to having a beautiful smile for a lifetime. Dr. Luz Hernandez offers the following general dentistry services in Wesley Chapel:
Comprehensive Evaluation / Oral Examination
The old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” holds particularly true for your dental health!
The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months for an oral examination and dental cleaning. Even if you are not experiencing any dental pain or oral health issue Dr. Luz Hernandez recommends that you have regular dental checkups and regular dental cleanings. “Detecting dental issues early and treating them in a timely manner before they become a bigger problem has always been our goal.” Dr. Hernandez and her team will work closely with you to ensure that you maintain the highest level of preventative oral health care.
The Oral Examination includes:
- Oral Cancer Screening: a visual inspection of the mouth, head, and neck to look for soft tissue irregularities or lesions.
- A thorough review of your medical history is an essential part of our comprehensive and oral examination. Our goal is to help you minimize or prevent systemic diseases that are caused or are exacerbated by the presence of oral infections.
- X-rays: We take x-rays when needed to help us detect cavities. We follow the ADA guidelines and we take x-rays every 12 to 24 months depending on the need.
- Periodontal Evaluation: We evaluate your gums and the surrounding bone structure which holds your teeth in place. This evaluation is closely related to the review of your medical history.
Also known as oral prophylaxis. Regular dental cleanings will help you prevent gingivitis, bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity, tooth staining, bad breath, tooth decay, and many other dental problems.
Dr. Luz Hernandez and her team of highly experienced registered dental hygienists will make sure that you get a thorough dental cleaning every six months. Your oral health, comfort, and Preventative care are our utmost priority.
Custom Mouth Guards
If you or your child is involved in contact sports, it’s important to have a custom-made mouthguard for protection. The mouth guards we make at our office are more comfortable and effective than store-bought options, protecting the lips, gums, teeth, and arches from injury.
The goal of dentistry is always to save your natural teeth. Unfortunately, there are times when saving the tooth is not possible and tooth extraction is needed. For example, if the tooth becomes severely decayed and there is not enough tooth structure remaining to place a tooth-colored filling or a crown. If the tooth fractures due to trauma, biting on something that was too hard a fall, accident, or sports injury to name a few, a dental extraction may be necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions About General Dentistry
Is dental cleaning painful?
Some patients, particularly those with sensitive teeth, may have some discomfort during a dental cleaning, but it’s rarely painful. The ultrasonic device we use to loosen tartar makes the process much more comfortable than it used to be years ago when it was all done by hand!
Is dental cleaning necessary?
Absolutely. Plaque that is not removed by brushing eventually turns into tartar (also known as calculus). The only way to remove tartar is with a professional dental cleaning—it cannot be brushed off. Tartar deposits can lead to decay and gum disease, so regular dental cleanings are important.
How often do you need dental x-rays?
We decide the frequency of your dental x-rays on a case-by-case basis. If you have significant problems with your teeth, it may be necessary to take dental x-rays every six months when you come in for your exams and cleanings. If you don’t have a history of dental problems, you may only need x-rays every few years.
Is tooth extraction painful?
The tooth extraction procedure itself is not painful because we numb the area before we start any work. Once the local anesthesia begins to wear off in the hours after your extraction, you’ll feel some discomfort. We’ll provide you with aftercare instructions to help keep you comfortable while you recover.