Tooth decay is as common in adults as it is in children. As a result, some patients who neglect their oral care can end up with sore or pained teeth that need a root canal.
A root canal clears out the diseased tissue from the center of the tooth, preventing the tooth from completely decaying and spreading the decay to neighboring teeth. Once completed, the damage is typically filled in with a dental resin and topped with a protective crown.
Fillings, Sealants, and Crowns
All three of these options are meant to protect a tooth from further damage, whether it’s from disease or from blunt trauma. A filling adds a resin solution to the tooth, while a sealant can protect the top of the tooth from sustaining further damage.
A crown is an artificial tooth cap that is placed on top of the existing tooth. It essentially takes the pressure off the existing tooth, while also restoring the shape and function for natural speaking and eating.
Preventive Dentistry in Westmoreland County, PA
As the name suggests, this field of dentistry is dedicated to preventing the worst of dental diseases from occurring or becoming worse.
Hygiene visits entail cleanings (brushing and flossing), scaling and root planing, and evaluations through x-ray scan and by Dr. Kovacevic himself. These treatments are what you can expect during a standard check-up here in Greensburg, PA. For patients with gum disease issues, scaling and root planing involves scraping away the infectious plaque, in order to prevent it from spreading or worsening.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is sadly becoming more and more common. But the trick to fighting it is to catch it early, and that’s why Dr. Kovacevic offers oral cancer screenings. These involve searching for any discoloration or abnormalities in your oral tissues, such as your tongue, cheeks, and gums. Dr. Kovacevic can also check for lumps in your jaw and neck area.