One of the best things you can do to take care of your oral health is to schedule routine checkups. During these visits, our dentists will clean your teeth, screen for any oral cancers, and help prevent common dental issues such as periodontal disease. For people with generally good health and oral care, we recommend checkups every 6 months. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!
At Green Leaf Dental, we want to help our patients achieve and maintain optimal dental health. During routine preventive exams, we check your mouth for any signs of dental issues and address them right away. If we can catch these issues early enough, we can help you avoid bigger problems down the road that are more costly and more painful. Visit our office or give us a call to schedule a preventive exam and stay on the right track to maintain your dental health.
If you have a tooth that has been damaged or badly decayed, or if your wisdom teeth are causing pain and discomfort, our dentists may suggest an extraction. This simple and fairly common procedure is made virtually painless with local anesthetic, and our skilled dentists will remove your tooth as gently as possible. Green Leaf Dental also offers restorative solutions and replacements to fill the gaps and ensure that your smile stays healthy.
Gum disease (such as gingivitis and periodontitis) is a common dental issue that affects millions of Americans each year. To help our patients avoid these diseases, Green Leaf Dental offers deep cleanings to keep your teeth and gums free of bacterial plaque and tartar. During this treatment, our dentists will remove the plaque, bacteria, and tartar deposits from your teeth and root surfaces, and then smooth out any and all pits on the roots to prevent plaque from becoming trapped below the gum line. This procedure will keep your teeth healthy and prevent gum disease from putting a damper on your oral health.
Fluoride treatments are a preventive care treatment offered to both kids and adults. Typically, this treatment is covered by dental insurance for kids, but it may not be covered for adult patients, so consult with your insurer.
In a fluoride treatment, your dentist at Green Leaf Dental will apply a coating of fluoride-rich gel or paste to your teeth, then leave it in place for a few minutes, and rinse it away. The high levels of fluoride in this compound helps “remineralize” and strengthen the teeth by attracting minerals like calcium and phosphates.
When applied regularly, fluoride treatments can help prevent tooth decay and can even reverse “soft spots,” which are the first stage of a cavity. This preventive treatment is ideal for patients in Seattle who may be cavity-prone and struggle with tooth decay.
Dental sealants are usually used to treat the rear tooth, which have deep pits, grooves, and fissures that can increase the risk of developing a cavity. In this procedure, a layer of liquid plastic resin is applied to the rear molar, and is hardened with a special UV light.
This light “activates” the resin and hardens it, so it forms into a clear plastic barrier. This barrier stops acid, bacteria, and plaque from contacting the surface of the tooth directly. In turn, this completely eliminates the risk of tooth decay.
When properly applied, dental sealants can last up to 10 years. They are often recommended for pediatric patients who are cavity-prone, but people of all ages can benefit from dental sealants at Green Leaf Dental.
At Green Leaf Dental, our dentists in Seattle offer a wide variety of different periodontal care treatments for gum disease. We provide deep cleanings (scaling & root planing) and antibiotics to halt the progression of mild-to-moderate cases of gum disease.
In addition to this, we offer treatments like Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR) to help rebuild gum and jaw bone tissue that have been affected by advanced gum disease. Other surgical options that may be required for gum disease treatment include gum flap surgery to clean the roots of your teeth, and gum grafting to help rebuild your gum tissue.
Related to these treatments, we also offer oral surgery like bone grafting and sinus lifts. This is often required if you are getting a dental implant to replace a tooth that you have lost due to gum disease. Extensive gum disease weakens the jaw bone, and may prevent you from being able to get a dental implant. Bone grafts and sinus lifts are used to add more bone to your jaw and strengthen it so that you can get treatment with a dental implant, and replace your missing tooth.
If you have gum disease and you’d like to learn more about your options for eliminating or controlling your condition, or restoring your smile after it’s been affected by extensive gum disease, contact the team at Green Leaf Dental right away.