Oral Health Care
Healthy teeth and gums are the foundation of a beautiful smile. At South River Dentistry, we offer a complete span of general dentistry and advanced oral health care services to prevent problems from developing, as well as to detect concerns that need treatment. For patients who are anxious about visiting the dentist, we offer relaxing sedation dentistry techniques that make it easier and more comfortable to undergo the dental treatment you need. It is our goal to help you achieve outstanding dental health and your best smile.
Learn more about the many dental services we offer for the whole family by exploring the topics below. For more information about a specific service, click the provided links or contact our practice to schedule an appointment.
We can provide several different levels of sedation to help keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout your dental treatment. We offer nitrous oxide gas and a variety of oral sedative medications to deliver the precise degree of relaxation you desire.
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Periodontal Care and Gum Recession
Periodontal gum disease can be a serious threat to your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Plaque buildup and bacteria along the gumline can lead to gum inflammation, infection, gum recession, and eventually periodontal disease. Timely diagnosis and periodontal treatment can help control infection and restore health to the gums.
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Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™
Dr. Blackburn is uniquely trained to perform the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™, which is a revolutionary, minimally-invasive procedure for the correction of gum recession. PST™ can comfortably treat recession with exceptional results and a rapid recovery, making it a preferable option to traditional soft tissue grafts for patients who are good candidates for the procedure.
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Check-Ups and Cleanings
Thorough dental examinations and cleanings are important at every stage of life. Regular checkups are fundamental to maintaining good oral health and preventing the development of serious dental complications. We recommend cleanings every six months and encourage good daily dental hygiene between visits to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
General and Family Dentistry
Our talented team of dentists and oral hygienists are committed to optimizing the oral health and smile of yourself and your loved ones. With extensive experience attending to the needs of children, teens, and adults, Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Kennealy offer routine check-ups, cleanings, and more in a relaxing environment marked by professionalism and compassionate care.
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Oral Cancer Screenings
Early detection of oral cancer can improve the chances of successful treatment. For this reason, we incorporate oral cancer screenings into your examinations to regularly check for potentially harmful irregularities in the soft tissue of the mouth.
Any significant changes in the color and/or texture of soft oral tissues can indicate the development of problematic infections, growths, and even cancer. During your oral examination, Dr. Blackburn looks for any signs of disease or abnormality in the mouth that may require diagnosis and treatment.
Pre and Post Cancer Treatment
Before undergoing any type of radiation or chemotherapy, it is imperative that you receive a comprehensive dental examination to detect any disease that may be present. Any infection must be thoroughly treated to prevent serious complications. Specialized dental care may also be necessary after undergoing cancer treatment to address unique oral health complications that might result from radiation.
Sports Mouth Guards And Night Guards
Excessive enamel wear and sudden trauma to the teeth can occur during the most commonplace activities, such as sleep or recreational exercise. While the need for a sports guard or mouth guard may not seem like an immediate concern, an unexpected sports injury—as well as years of undue pressure caused by teeth clenching—can eventually require serious dental work. Drs. Blackburn and Kennealy offer custom-made sports guards and night guards to protect your teeth and gums while allowing a more precise fit and comfortable bite than appliances sold over-the-counter.
In general, athletes and individuals who engage in sports for fun can experience a risk of dental injury. This is especially true in contact sports, or activities which involve flying equipment or the chance of falling. Sports guards can be fabricated in a variety of protection levels that are designed to be a safeguard against broken or knocked out teeth, cut gum tissue, and other damage to the mouth. As each sports guard is customized to foster a comfortable bite, patients can play and compete without the discomfort of wearing ill-fitting mouth protection.
Repetitive clenching and grinding of the teeth (or bruxism) at night can also cause dental problems, including a gradual deterioration of enamel, loose teeth, and the development of TMJ Disorder, among other concerns. Similar to a sports guard, a night guard can serve as protection against unnecessary tooth harm by preventing harsh contact between the upper and lower arches. Designed for a precise and comfortable fit, night guards can allow you to rest easy knowing your oral structures are not experiencing excessive pressure or strain during sleep. If you are interested in shielding your teeth with a custom sports or mouth guard, please don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.
Contact South River Dentistry
For more information about the oral health care options we offer to maintain and improve your dental health, please contact our practice today.