Preventive & Diagnostic 

Comprehensive Evaluation
We begin with an oral cancer screening exam which is a visual inspection of the head, neck, and soft tissues within the mouth. An oral examination is than performed examining every tooth one by one. Radiographs allow for a more complete examination, aiding the doctor to detect cavities, problems in existing dental restorations, gum and bone recession or other abnormal conditions within the mouth.
Cleaning
A dental cleaning, also known as an oral prophylaxis, is the removal of dental plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Specialized instruments are used to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. First, an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations and is cooled by water is used to loosen larger pieces of tartar. Next, hand tools are used to manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are air polished. Individualized home care instructions are provide based on findings and need.
Custom Mouth Guards
Many sports require athletes to use a Mouth Guard to protect their teeth while practicing and playing. Frequently used in contact sports, the mouth guard covers the gums and teeth to provide protection for lips, gums, teeth and arches. A properly fitted mouth guard can reduce the severity of dental injuries.

Pre-formed, ready-to-wear mouth guards can be purchased inexpensively at many sporting stores, but they do not always fit well. They can be uncomfortable and interfere with talking and even breathing.

Sporting goods stores also offer semi-custom mouth guards, in which the plastic is heated and then the athlete bites on it while still warm to provide some level of custom fit.

We can make a custom mouth guard by taking an impression of your teeth and then creating a device fitted to your mouth for the highest level of both comfort and protection. A custom fitted mouth guard can be particularly important for athletes who wear braces.

Custom Night Guard/Splints
There are several different types of Night Guards which can be fabricated depending on the dental situation. Night Guards are frequently used to treat a variety of dental conditions including bruxism (grinding of teeth), clenching, headaches, and TMJ joint problems.

A thorough evaluation of your symptoms, tooth position and occlusion provides valuable information in the selection of the proper night guard to effectively treat the problem.

Be certain to bring your night guard to each dental appointment where a tooth restoration is planned. This is to ensure the proper fit of your night guard.

OUR OFFICE

Monday – Thursday: 7:30am – 3:30pm

Friday: 7:30am – 2:00pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

612 West De Leon Street, Tampa, FL 33606