Preventive Dentistry in Cary
At the core of every healthy, long-lasting smile, there’s one crucial principle – prevention. At the dental office of Dr. Darren Koch, our team makes every effort to stop and treat dental problems at their earliest stages protecting patients from severe damage and cost later. We also provide extra support against common ailments to ensure teeth and gums stay strong and healthy. The whole family is welcome to start experiencing friendly, skilled care with us! Our Cary practice welcomes patients from Apex, NC and other nearby areas – contact us today to schedule your first visit.
Dental sealants are designed to cover the chewing grooves of back teeth, shutting out food particles and bacteria that have the tendency to accumulate there and cause damage over time. Our team typically recommends sealants for younger patients who are still learning how to properly brush and floss. They may also benefit adults whose teeth are overly sensitive to tooth decay.
Bruxism (more commonly known as teeth grinding) is a common habit. This constant, aggravating motion of the teeth typically occurs at night, and if left untreated, patients may experience a whole host of frustrating symptoms, including painful headaches and oral damage to enamel and soft tissue. If Dr. Koch or his associates recognize signs of bruxism during your regular check-ups, our team can provide a custom oral appliance known as a nightguard. This device is designed to block tooth movement and minimize the harmful effects of grinding as patients rest easy.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Did you know that nearly half of adults diagnosed with oral cancer this year won’t survive five more years? That staggering statistic occurs because patients aren’t being diagnosed early enough, severely limiting their chances of successful recovery. Here in Cary, our dental team strives to reduce this number however we can with routine oral cancer screenings. If we locate factors that indicate the presence of cancerous or precancerous cells, a biopsy can be arranged for more concrete results.
Tell-tale symptoms that may indicate the presence of oral cancer include:
- Sores in the mouth that bleed easily and/or are slow to heal
- Red or white oral patches
- Lumps, thickened areas, and crusty areas in the mouth
- A constant feeling of something being stuck in the throat
Our practice welcomes patients of all ages including the littlest members of your family. The dental care you receive at a young age can shape your attitude towards oral health for many years to come, and we take that responsibility seriously, always helping your child feel relaxed and at ease with gentle, friendly attention. Their routine check-ups and careful cleanings reveal developmental problems to us early on, and services like sealants and fluoride treatment are available as well to protect their growing smiles from the threat of decay-causing bacteria.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is a very common ailment that may seem harmless in the beginning, only to cause lasting, damaging consequences like tooth loss later on if left untreated. Thankfully, our team can provide fast diagnosis and effective treatment. Routine screenings identify the presence of the disease in the earliest stages, and services like in-depth cleanings (root scaling and planing) and therapy with our state-of-the-art soft tissue laser will be recommended depending on the severity of your condition.
Common signs of gum disease that patients can watch out for include:
- Excessive bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Overly red or tender gums
- Teeth that shift/feel looser
- A change in the way your bite fits together
- Teeth that appear longer over time