Bedford Preventive Dentistry
Our team is always here to help in cases of dental injury and aesthetic concerns – but we also provide valuable assistance when it comes to keeping these problems from occurring in the first place. Preventive care is the crucial foundation of better, brighter smiles, revealing patient concerns at the earliest stages and providing extra support and protection against common threats to oral health. Our doctors welcome patients of all ages from Bedford County and surrounding areas of Forest, Smith Mountain Lake, Goode, Moneta, and Thaxton! Contact PeaksView Dental today to schedule your first appointment with us, or if you have any questions we can help you with.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease is one of the most common oral health problems patients face – in fact, research suggests that over 75% of American adults are affected by it. While symptoms seem relatively benign at first, the damage can quickly progress if patients don’t undergo treatment early on leading to severe infection and tooth loss as the most severe consequences. Common signs patients can look for at home include:
- Bleeding gums
- Serious bad breath
- Inflamed/swollen/tender gums
- Looser teeth
- Teeth that appear longer (a sign of receding gums)
Thankfully, our Bedford practice offers several therapy options that are designed to treat different levels of gum disease. Your unique case may be mild enough to only receive more frequent cleanings, or severe enough that in-depth procedures like root scaling and planing and soft tissue laser treatment become necessary to remove bacteria. Whatever the case is, we’ll do whatever we can to help you stay calm and comfortable throughout.
Check-ups & Cleanings
Our dental team strongly recommends that patients of all ages attend at least two check-ups and cleanings a year, or one every six months. These visits allow us to fully understand the unique state of your smile, identifying damage and sources of discomfort that may be lingering out of an untrained eye’s view. After we’ve captured digital X-rays and performed a thorough visual examination, one of our doctors can sit down with you to discuss possible treatment recommendations that fit your personal preferences and budget. We love seeing whole families at our practice, and our team can often arrange all of your loved ones’ check-ups and cleanings on the same day to save time and ensure a more comfortable experience overall!
With in-depth hygiene appointments, our team can also take care of the dangerous plaque and tartar that’s constantly accumulating in the mouth, thoroughly cleaning teeth and gums and leaving your smile feeling revitalized. We want our patients to leave our office feeling confident about the future of their oral health and beauty.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer may not be as widely discussed as cavities and gum disease in the dentist’s office, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous. Tens of thousands of new cases are diagnosed each year, and nearly half of those patients won’t go on to survive more than five more years. This happens because oral cancer isn’t often located and identified correctly until it’s already reached advanced stages and caused catastrophic damage. At PeaksView Dental, we strive to reduce this number by making oral cancer screenings a vital part of check-ups. If we locate any suspicious areas of oral tissue that may contain cancerous cells, we arrange a biopsy for patients right away.
There are some tell-tale symptoms of oral cancer that patients look for during their regular oral hygiene routines. They include:
- White or red spots in the mouth
- Oral sores that bleed easily and/or are slow to heal
- Lumps, crusts, or thickened areas in the mouth
- Pain in the tongue
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coverings designed to fit over the chewing grooves of back teeth, effectively “sealing” the area so bacteria and food particles are less likely to accumulate and cause damage. This service can be extraordinarily helpful for younger patients who are still learning how to properly care for these hard-to-reach areas, as well as adults who struggle with teeth that are sensitive to decay. At PeaksView Dental, the application of dental sealants is fast and virtually painless – better yet, with proper maintenance, they last for 10 years and beyond.
TMJ/Bruxism Therapy with Nightguards
Bruxism (more commonly known as teeth grinding) is a common dental problem among patients who suffer from daily stress, often affecting them as they sleep. Left untreated, this habit can lead to many unpleasant consequences including facial pain, headaches, oral damage, and even the development of the near-debilitating TMJ disorder over time. Thankfully, our team offers customized nightguards as a solid solution. By wearing the device at night, patients protect their teeth and minimize the effects of grinding while they rest easy.
Our practice is open to every member of your family – even the littlest patients! The truth is, the dental care you receive as a child can shape your whole attitude towards oral health for many years to come, which is why we work hard to create a fun and friendly atmosphere for your son or daughter where they feel at ease. Our gentle check-ups focus on keeping their growing smiles clean, as well as identifying any developmental concerns that could become more serious later on in life. Once they’re old enough, we provide informative lessons on how to brush and floss correctly and provide them with small protective measures that make a big difference, such as dental sealants and fluoride treatment.
At PeaksView Dental, our doctors and staff members love seeing children! We understand how the care your son or daughter receives as a child can shape their perception of oral health while growing up, and we want to instill good values and an enthusiasm for the dentist’s office as early as possible. Everyone who works at our Bedford practice is great at providing a gentle, warm approach that helps kids feel at ease. We have toys available in our waiting room, TVs with kid shows at the ready in each room for their entertainment, as well as a prize bin for them to pick from at the end of their appointment – these fun amenities can make all the difference. If your child is nervous or scared, nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”) is available to help them feel more relaxed and content during treatment.