Preventive & Restorative Dentistry
Oral health is directly related to physical health. With that in mind, we encourage you to make appointments for oral exams and professional cleanings twice a year. At these appointments, we will examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for signs of periodontitis, tartar buildup, and oral cancer. We will examine your teeth for cavities or other problems and provide a thorough, professional cleaning and polishing.
Your child may benefit from dental sealants. Molar surfaces are irregular and have small crevices that cannot be adequately cleaned with toothbrushing, creating a risk for decay. Sealants consist of a clear barrier that is brushed on the molar chewing surfaces to block food particles from becoming trapped in the tooth’s surface. Sealants can protect teeth for up to 10 years.
At Robert L. Malecki, DDS, PC & Ian M. Bever, DDS, we recommend that children receive fluoride varnish on a regular basis. This fluoride delivery system is applied directly to the teeth with a small brush. The varnish hardens with saliva and allows the fluoride to enter the tooth enamel to make it stronger.
Restorations include any treatment needed to return your teeth to normal function. This includes replacing missing teeth. Missing teeth may not seem like a huge problem, but the space should not be left open. The teeth adjacent to the gap may drift into the space and cause problems with your bite, speech, and eating. Call our office at 989.892.7663 if you’re missing one or more teeth and we can discuss options including bridges, dentures, or a referral for implants.
Some restorative procedures require a dental crown, or cap, to provide full function. Examples of procedures that may require a crown include implants and root canals. Post-procedure a crown, made of tooth-colored ceramic, is placed over the implant or remaining tooth structure for strength and protection. The crown looks and functions exactly like your natural tooth.