General Dentistry

Our focus is on prevention first, to help you avoid some of the common dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. By taking a proactive approach to your dental health, you can maintain a beautiful smile and avoid some of the bigger dental treatments. These general dentistry services are focused on maintaining your dental health and utilizing preventive methods to keep your teeth strong and functional.

If a dental problem is diagnosed, then we can use general dentistry treatments to repair the tooth and protect your dental health. These steps are essential to protect your smile and help you maintain overall health and wellness. During your appointments, you will learn more about the treatments that can be used to improve your smile. These general dentistry services are available for the whole family, making it easy for you to access all of the dental services in one convenient location.

Comprehensive Exams

One of the best ways to protect your dental health is to visit the dentist every six months. During this comprehensive exam, the dental staff will assess the health of your teeth and look for potential signs of dental problems that need to be treated. Here at Reflection Dental, we know that prevention is preferred over invasive treatments, and these comprehensive exams help you to keep up with prevention techniques to maintain a healthy smile.

A comprehensive exam can be catered to match your individual needs. Typically, the exam will include common elements such as digital x-rays, gum inspection, oral cancer screening, a visual inspection of the teeth for signs of decay, cleaning, polishing, and a fluoride treatment. Most dental insurance plans cover the costs of this type of an exam, or you might have a small co-pay for the appointment.

Digital X-Rays

Dental imaging is essential for proper diagnosis, especially since certain problems aren’t visible with a look inside the mouth. If there is tooth decay between the teeth, bone mass is reducing, or other problems are present inside your teeth or under the surface of the gums, then digital x-rays can be used to identify the problems.

There are many benefits to digital x-rays instead of traditional film x-rays. This technology reduces the amount of radiation exposure. Plus, the results are immediate, so you won’t need to wait for the film to be developed to see the results of the x-rays.

We use digital x-ray technology to ensure that our patients have access to the top-of-the-line dental tools that are available. Contact us to learn more about the dental technology that is used in our office.

Panoramic Dental X-Ray

digital-panorex-metairie-lapanorexOur new panoramic dental x-ray is able to capture the entire mouth in a single image. By using a very small dose of ionizing radiation, we can see your teeth, upper and lower jaws, and surrounding structures and tissues all in one picture for simple diagnosis. Rather than relying on film placed inside the mouth, a panoramic x-ray machine projects a beam through the patient onto film or a detector rotating opposite the x-ray tube, resulting in a non-invasive procedure. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about the latest in dental technology!

Emergency Care

If you have been in an accident and your mouth or teeth were injured, then it is essential that you seek dental emergency care as soon as possible. Many injuries require immediate treatment to avoid some of the long-term side-effects that might result from the injury. For example, if a tooth is knocked out, then it might be possible to save the tooth if the treatment happens fast enough.

Another type of dental emergency involves unexplained pain or discomfort. Even if you weren’t in an accident, it is possible that you might be experiencing an abscess or infection.

If you have dental pain or you have experienced trauma in the mouth, it means that you need to call our office for emergency care. We will discuss your symptoms and the severity of the problem over the phone to determine the best time for your dental treatment.

Fluoride Treatment

Regular fluoride treatments can be used to promote healthy teeth and help you manage the quality of your smile. Fluoride naturally occurs in water and food, and it is a mineral that is needed to strengthen your teeth. Every day, the mineral content of the enamel on your teeth will change. When demineralization occurs, it increases your risk of dental problems such as tooth decay.

By using a fluoride treatment, it is possible to strengthen the teeth because of the remineralization process that occurs. Stronger teeth are more resistant to acid attacks from sugar and bacteria in the mouth, which in turn helps to prevent tooth decay. When you visit for your dental exam, consider the benefits of a fluoride treatment to help you prevent dental problems in the future.

Oral Cancer Screening

When you visit our office for a dental exam, we include an oral cancer screening as part of the checkup. This routine screening is essential to help you maintain good dental health because the screening makes it possible for us to identify potential cancer growths while they are still in the early stages. All types of cancer treatments are more effective with early diagnosis, which is beneficial to improve the long-term outcome for the patient.

Since we are focused on protecting your overall health and wellness, we know that a regular oral cancer screening is a great way to identify potential problems before they get worse. There are some real dangers of oral cancer, so you need to stay proactive to protect your mouth and access treatment if cancer is present. This screening only takes a few minutes, but it is an important part of your dental exam.

Pediatric Dentistry

Establishing good dental habits during childhood will help your child to have great dental health throughout the rest of their life. When a child learns to brush and floss regularly, they have an easier time maintaining these practices into adulthood.

Additionally, regular visits with the dentist will teach the child about good dental care, and it increases the possibilities for early detection. Identifying dental problems in the early stages is beneficial to improve the outcome of the treatment and prevent bigger problems in the future.

It is essential that you are working with an experienced pediatric dentist because dental treatments for children are different than the treatments that are needed for adults. Here at Reflection Dental, we offer services for children. Our goal is to educate your child about good dental health and to help them develop the habits that are needed to maintain a beautiful smile.

Periodontal Gum Therapy

The gums provide the foundation for the teeth to be held in place within your mouth. If your gums become diseased or infected, then it can have a domino effect to damage your teeth and bone structure. Most people are focused on the teeth when they discuss dental health, but it is important that you don’t ignore the importance of gum health as well.

stages_gingivitis_smIf you are diagnosed with periodontal gum disease, then there are several treatments that can be used to help your gums heal. Don’t delay these treatments, because they can have an impact on your overall health and wellness. Regular dental exams make it easier to diagnose gum disease in the early stages so that you can avoid the long-term consequences from receding gums.

During your examination, we will check the health of your gums. If periodontal gum therapy is needed, then we will make recommendations about the right treatments for your individual situation.

Sealants

To prevent tooth decay, sealants can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth. A dental sealant is applied with a plastic coating that is placed directly to the chewing surfaces, and the plastic material bonds into the grooves and depressions of the teeth. Once the sealant is in place, you will have a protective shield that lays over the enamel of each tooth.

Even with regular brushing and flossing, it is difficult to get rid of the small food particles that can be lodged into the small nooks and crannies that are present on the chewing surfaces of the tooth. If something is lodged in a small area, then it might result in tooth decay. Sealants help to block off those crevices to prevent the food from getting stuck in those areas.

Teeth Cleaning & Polishing

One important step during a dental exam is to clean and polish your teeth. This treatment helps you to maintain healthy, beautiful teeth. It is recommended that you visit the dentist twice a year for an exam and cleaning.

There are several reasons why you need to have your teeth cleaned and polished on a regular basis. This treatment can help to remove stains that are caused by tobacco or food. Additionally, it helps to remove the tartar that builds up over time, which in turn decreases your risk of gum disease.

During the cleaning appointment, special instruments are used for scaling the teeth to remove the plaque deposits that might be present. Then, a polisher is used to make your teeth feel smooth and create a beautiful, shiny appearance. The cleaning and polishing are usually done in conjunction with an exam to identify potential signs of gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer.