At Brookwood Dental Associates of Lansdale, PA, we are dedicated to helping patients keep their naturally healthy smiles for a lifetime. In the Victorian era, dentures were a common wedding present due to the prevalence of tooth loss. With today’s advanced technology and preventive care, this is no longer the case. If it’s been six months or six years since your last dental checkup, it’s time to give Brookwood Dental Associates a call. We’ll help you get the healthy, beautiful smile of your dreams, and keep it that way for life! We welcome patients of all ages from Lansdale, Harleysville, and other nearby communities.
Our team is dedicated to offering patients personalized oral health care plans, but a few things are essential for every smile. First, it’s important that you’re caring for your teeth every day. Brush at least two times each day for two minutes at a time, and floss once a day (ignore those crazy social media articles you’ve been reading that tell you not to floss!). Unfortunately, even the most thorough at-home hygiene routine can’t protect our patients from every oral health concern. That’s why we recommend patients visit our practice at least two times each year for regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings. These preventive appointments allow our team to screen for common issues like tooth decay, gum disease, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, bruxism (teeth grinding), and oral cancer. We use digital x-rays to examine the underlying structures of your teeth looking for any signs of decay, damage, or developmental concerns that may be hidden within your smile. Our skilled hygienists also remove plaque and tartar buildup in those parts of teeth that are difficult to clean at home. For decades, patients only sought dental care after teeth were damaged or they were in severe pain. At this point, it was typically too late to prevent tooth loss and keep smiles healthy. Regular preventive exams and cleanings every six months mean your smile is protected from severe oral health issues, and you’re much more likely to maintain a whole, healthy smile for your lifetime.
Sealants are thin coats of clear plastic that seal out bacteria and plaque that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Dental sealants make caring for teeth much easier, especially for the molars that have deep pits and grooves in their biting surfaces, making them difficult to clean. We often recommend sealants for our young patients who are developing good at-home hygiene skills, but they are also beneficial for adults who are prone to decay or who have very deep ridges in the biting surfaces of their teeth.
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) occurs when the joints connecting the jaw to the skull bone are damaged or strained. This can lead to painful or limited jaw movement. Bruxism is the unconscious grinding and clenching of teeth that usually occurs when patients are sleeping. While this may seem like a harmless habit, it can cause a great deal of damage to teeth. We screen for warning signs of these two oral health issues at every six month checkup, but let us know right away if you experience any of the common symptoms:
In some cases, we’ll be able to treat TMD and bruxism with a custom crafted oral appliance that positions that jaw comfortably and creates a barrier between teeth. We refer most of our patients suffering from TMD to our sister practice, Dental Innovations, for specialized treatment.
While many of our patients don’t think of oral cancer as a dental issue, our team is actually the most likely to diagnose this disease in its early stages. The Oral Cancer Foundation reports early diagnosis is the best way to reduce the number of oral cancer related deaths. Even for those patients who don’t smoke or chew tobacco, oral cancer is real concern, so it’s important patients let us know immediately if they notice any of the common symptoms of oral cancer including:
Our team looks for these symptoms at every checkup, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you notice any areas of concern between appointments.
Periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as gum disease, effects more than half of US adults, and research indicates that as much as 80% of these people are completely unaware. In the early stages, gum disease has very few warning signs. Light bleeding while brushing or flossing and mild swelling or discoloration are often the only indicators that anything is amiss. That’s why we screen for this common health issue as part of every six month dental checkup. If we discover you’re suffering from mild gum disease, gingivitis, more frequent professional cleanings may be effective in treating the issue. For more severe cases of gum disease, periodontitis, our on-site periodontist will offer more advanced treatments including scaling, root planing, and antibiotic therapy.
One of the many nutrients necessary to develop strong, healthy teeth is fluoride. This mineral is absorbed from tap water and foods we eat, and the ingested fluoride makes it possible for patients to develop healthy primary and adult teeth. However, once teeth erupt from the gum line, ingested fluoride is only minimally effective in maintaining dental strength. That’s where topical fluoride treatments come in. Professional fluoride treatments can be applied quickly as part of any six month checkup and will fortify teeth between appointments.
Your whole family is welcome at Brookwood Dental Associates, and that includes your kids. We recommend kids visit our office after their first tooth erupts or before their first birthday. This early appointment allows us to pinpoint any signs of serious concern with dental development that may need the expertise of a pediatric dentistry specialist. If we don’t notice any of these problems, we’ll be happy to care for your children’s smiles for their whole lifetimes. We offer a wide array of treatments for patients of any age, and our caring team has years of experience helping kids keep their smiles healthy.
In addition to traditional dental x-rays, we can use our 3D/Conebeam scanner to get a more indepth, panoramic view of the entire smile in a single, crystal clear image. These images are captures completely painlessly. You simply stand still while the Conebeam scanner moves around your head capturing images instantly. The final product are digital scans that allow us to see your smile in three dimensions. Unlike flat, single section digital x-rays that only show how one small area of the smile functions, Conebeam images give us the entire bite. We know exactly how your teeth fit together and how they work with or against their opposing teeth. Having this complete understanding of the smile is priceless in the diagnosis and treatment planning process.
If you or a loved one experience a dental emergency, your first response may be to panic, but if you’re a Brookwood Dental Associates patient, stay calm and call our team. In most cases, we’re able to see you right away, and if for any reason we’re unable to see you the day you call us, we take time to review at home care tips over the home. Even if you’re not sure your case is an emergency, we encourage you to call our office. Treatment in the early stages of oral health issues is more conservative, effective, and affordable. Some of the common emergencies we see include: