Dental Care Clarksville
Preventive care, regular cleanings, and routine dental examinations are the most effective ways to maintain the health and appearance of your smile. However, if your oral health is less than optimal, dental treatments can be employed to restore the health and appearance of your teeth and gums. Regardless of your needs, they can be met through comprehensive and expert dental care. At our Clarksville dental practice, our team offers a wide range of treatments to ensure that our patients can have all of their needs met in one office. We don't believe that patients should have to make a trip to Nashville to have a dental implant placed or benefit from dentistry of the highest quality. To arrange an appointment or to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Richard Ribeiro, please contact Clarksville Smiles today.
Cleanings and Examinations
To address potential complications as early as possible, we recommend that you visit our practice every six months for routine dental care. We will examine your gum tissue and teeth, take X-ray images, clean your teeth, and ensure there are no unwanted developments in your oral health.
Periodontal Treatment and Charting
Periodontal treatment refers to treatment of gum tissue. Left unmaintained, gums can become infected, leading to gingivitis and periodontal disease, which can result in bleeding of the gums, abscesses, mouth sores, tenderness, and eventually, tooth loss. Regular checkups are important to gum health.
Root Canal Therapy
Through root canal therapy, we can remove the diseased pulp tissue of an infected tooth, replace it with a substitute material, and prevent the loss of the tooth. This is accomplished by drilling a small access hole through the affected tooth, removing the pulp, then filling and sealing the tooth.
At our practice, we believe that as soon as your child's teeth erupt, you should ensure the teeth and gums are well cared for. Sound oral hygiene habits begin at childhood, and the earlier these habits are practiced, the greater chance your child has of enjoying sound oral health for a lifetime.
Extractions and Wisdom Teeth Removal
If a tooth is severely decayed or damaged, it can cause constant pain, impair function, and impact the health of surrounding tissue. In severe cases, it may be necessary to remove a tooth if it can't be salvaged through other means, such a root canal, a dental crown, or periodontal surgery.
Oral Cancer Screening
We perform oral cancer screenings during routine examinations and cleanings. If tissue appears abnormal or looks conspicuously different, it may be an indicator of the development of cancerous tissues. By detecting and diagnosing cancer early, we can treat it before it has an opportunity to spread.
Digital X-rays are superior to traditional X-ray images. They can be processed faster, they allow for digital archiving and manipulation, and they result in far less radiation exposure, which is beneficial for your health. For these reasons and more, we utilize digital X-rays at Clarksville Smiles.
Sealants are typically reserved for children and teenagers, who are at increased risk of decay as their teeth are developing. A sealant is a thin plastic shell applied to the chewing surface of molars. This shell helps to seal the tooth and prevent bacterial infection by acting as a barrier.
A night guard is a simple dental appliance worn while you sleep to align your jaw and prevent grinding. Made from flexible plastic and designed to fit precisely over your teeth, your night guard will have little to no impact on your day-to-day routine, but will make a difference in your oral health.
An intraoral camera is a small imaging device that provides us with a better look at your teeth and gums. In essence, the intraoral camera is the magnifying glass of the 21st century. It provides our team with an up-close look of the teeth that allows for greater precision and superior results.
If your tooth has been knocked out, you experienced a trauma to the mouth, or a dental prosthetic has come loose, please call our office immediately. Try to salvage the tooth material that has been knocked out. If your mouth is bleeding, rinse with warm water and place gauze over the affected area.
“Dr. Ribeiro has been my dentist for many years, and he has always provided exceptional service. His staff is very professional and courteous. They always go out of their way to ensure I have a pleasant experience.” Tina Reed