Preventive Dentistry in Loomis
Regular General Dentistry Appointments Can Help Protect Your Smile!
At the Loomis dental office of Barry N. Mercer, DDS, our team works hard to help patients keep their smiles healthy by creating ongoing preventive dentistry plans that are personalized to meet each patient’s unique oral health and hygiene needs. From regular checkups and cleanings to dental sealants and treatment for gum disease, we’re your partner in creating a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles. Call our Loomis dental office to find out more or schedule dental checkups for every member of your family. We welcome patients from surrounding areas including Rocklin and Newcastle.
Checkups & Cleanings
Dental checkups are the solid foundation that holds up the best preventive dentistry plans. During these six month appointments with our caring dentist and team, we’re able to provide all the basic care you need and help you establish a personalized plan to maintain your healthiest smile for a lifetime.
Dental sealants are often recommended for patients to protect tooth enamel from the potentially damaging effects of acidic bacteria and plaque. We especially encourage children to receive dental sealants as they are still developing their oral hygiene skills. The treatment itself is quick and painless. We can place sealants during any six month appointment. We simply apply the liquid dental sealant material to the smile where it seeps into all the small pits and grooves in tooth surfaces where bacteria and plaque may accumulate. Once in place, we harden the sealant, which will create a clear, protective barrier protecting teeth.
Temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the jaw to the skull bone. These tiny connective tissues allow the mouth to open and close painlessly. Unfortunately, these joints can be easily strained or damaged causing TMJ dysfunction. When this occurs, our team will need to intervene to restore full, comfortable jaw movement. Another common oral health concern, bruxism or teeth grinding, is often connected to TMJ dysfunction because the unconscious grinding and clenching is one of the many causes of TMJ dysfunction. Additionally, both oral health issues can be corrected with the same treatment – nightguards. These custom oral appliances position the jaw in its ideal resting place, prevent unnecessary movement, and protect teeth from excessive wear caused by teeth grinding.
You may not always be able to avoid a dental emergency, but thanks to Dr. Mercer and his caring team, patients in Loomis, Auburn, and other communities can plan ahead for these situations. We’re always here to help whenever patients need us most, so please don’t hesitate to call our team if you need urgent care for your smile. We’ll walk you through first aid steps, help you manage pain, and schedule an appointment to see you as quickly as possible. In most cases, we’re able to see patients on the same day they call our office.
We are happy to see patients of all ages in our Loomis dental office. Dr. Mercer and his caring team have years of experience working with young patients. We want to deliver high quality care even for kids, but our priorities are a little different for young patients. We begin with the goal of providing a fun and stress environment. Then, we take the time to provide gentle, attentive care, so your little one will remain comfortable and relaxed throughout their time in our office. Many adults who experience dental phobia point to an upsetting dental office visit in their childhood as the cause. We want every young patient we treat to look forward to visiting our office and maintain their healthy, beautiful smiles for life.
Gum Disease Therapy
Gum disease is one of the most common oral health issues affecting US adults. Linked to numerous chronic and systemic illnesses, this oral condition can be detrimental to a patient’s whole body health if left untreated. In the early stages, gum disease is referred to as gingivitis. The symptoms of this condition are very mild, and typically go unnoticed by patients. We can often diagnosis this early form of gum disease during preventive maintenance appointments. If we notice you are suffering from mild gum disease, we will likely recommend more frequent professional deep cleaning appointments. If gum disease reaches the advanced stage, known as periodontitis, before it’s diagnosed, we may need to perform more extensive therapy including scaling, root planing, and antibiotic therapy. Following these advanced treatments, patients will likely still need to make more frequent professional teeth cleaning appointments.