Williamstown Preventive Dentistry
Helping you achieve optimal oral health is very important to Dr. Wael Kassem and the rest of our team, but so is helping you maintain it. After all, it’s much better for your smile, your budget, and your schedule if we can help you prevent problems before they begin. That’s why patients can find several preventive dentistry services at iSmile Dental Arts in Williamstown, NJ, including thorough evaluations, in-depth cleanings, and other helpful measures meant to protect and strengthen your teeth and gums.
Check-ups & Cleanings
Dr. Kassem recommends that patients attend at least two check-ups and cleanings a year, or one every six months. Even those who are diligent with oral hygiene at home can miss certain areas or fall victim to more chronic problems that require expert attention. During these crucial visits, our Williamstown team can diagnose all of these issues and more.
Our evaluations are as thorough as possible, involving the surfaces of each tooth, the gums, the jaw, the bite, and more. Digital X-rays will be taken so that we can view inner structures that aren’t visible to the naked eye; they’re instantly visible on a nearby monitor and expose patients to up to 90% less radiation than traditional machines. Additionally, we recommend that adults undergo an oral cancer screening so that we can locate abnormal cells in the mouth as soon as possible.
Your hygiene appointment with one of our trusted team members, meanwhile, will involve the removal of hard deposits from your teeth. Also known as tartar or calculus, they form due to the plaque (bacteria) build-up on the teeth, and once in place, they can’t be moved with regular brushing and flossing. Thankfully, our team can wash them away and leave your smile feeling fresh and polished.
There are deep pits and grooves in your back molars that can trap bacteria and food particles very easily, and while adults have typically learned how to care for these tricky areas, younger patients may struggle. With the help of dental sealants, Dr. Kassem can provide certain teeth with an extra layer of protection that minimizes the risk of cavities. We simply paint a tough, plastic material over the top of the tooth and allow it to “seal” the area. Treatment takes only a few minutes, and sealants can last for years.
Nightguards for Bruxism
If headaches, facial pain, or teeth that look strangely worn down are common parts of your morning routine, you may be suffering from bruxism, also known as teeth grinding. This common habit typically affects patients while they’re sleeping, making it near-impossible for them to stop on their own. Thankfully, Dr. Kassem offers personalized oral appliances known as nightguards. By wearing a nightguard, patients can slightly reposition their jaw or provide teeth with a barrier that protects them from harm, allowing you to sleep comfortably throughout the night.
Do you or your child play a sport that involves possible contact with other players or a hard surface? We recommend wearing a customized sportsguard. This oral appliance fits comfortably over your smile, protecting it from damage and allowing you to participate with complete confidence.