General Dentistry Services
Maintaining Healthy Smiles with Drs. Cooney, Cooper, and Sager
The best way to maintain a healthy smile is to take great care of your teeth. By taking protective measures and practicing excellent oral hygiene, you can save yourself from costly procedures down the line.
Read on to learn about the general dentistry treatments at our Hewitt, TX practice.
Though they’re often overlooked, the most important dental procedures to your health are routine cleanings. By visiting your dentist at least twice a year, you can prevent excessive plaque from building up and resulting in tooth decay or gum disease.
These appointments also give us an opportunity to take x-rays and thoroughly examine your mouth for any potential issues. If we find something concerning, such as a dental cavity or early signs of oral cancer, we’ll address it immediately and get you the treatment you need.
Periodontal (Gum) Treatment
In addition to maintaining healthy teeth, it’s essential to take care of your gums. When bacteria builds up in your gum tissue, this can result in periodontal disease and eventually lead to tooth loss. Daily brushing and flossing at home combined with regular check-ups at our practice are the best way to protect your gums from infection.
If you develop periodontal disease, Central Texas Dental Care is proud to feature LANAP® at our practice. The LANAP method uses a special laser to remove bacteria below your gumline without any pain or discomfort. Best of all, it eliminates the need to extract teeth or cut into your gum tissue.
The pulp is a chamber in the center of your tooth that contains nerve tissues, blood vessels, and more. If the pulp of your tooth becomes infected, Drs. Cooney, Cooper, or Sager can restore it with a root canal. The procedure involves removing the infected tissues, cleaning the inside of your tooth, and sealing it.
Root canals eliminate harmful bacteria and save your natural tooth from having to be removed. They also protect your tooth from future infections. Utilizing custom techniques, Drs. Cooney, Cooper, and Sager will ensure that your procedure is comfortable, efficient, and effective.
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your jawbone to your skull. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw, this can lead to TMJ problems and result in a variety of unpleasant symptoms. Some of these symptoms include jaw pain, headaches, and ringing in the ears.
Treatments for TMJ problems vary depending on your needs. For mild cases, we’ll most likely recommend a custom mouthguard, while more extreme cases may require surgery or orthodontic treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during a teeth cleaning?
When you visit us for a hygiene appointment, we’ll use our specialized dental tools to thoroughly clean your teeth. This keeps your mouth free of plaque, tartar, and other debris that can threaten your oral health. We’ll also use x-rays to examine your smile in closer detail, looking for issues that can’t be spotted with the naked eye. Finally, we’ll perform an oral cancer screening to ensure you’re in optimal health.
Can my child get a teeth cleaning?
Central Texas Dental Care is a family-friendly practice and our dentists are happy to treat patients of all ages. We’re proud to offer comprehensive services, making our practice a one-stop-shop for all your family’s dental needs. In fact, we recommend bringing your child with you to your own appointments to help them feel comfortable in our office from an early age.
How do you treat gum disease?
At our practice, we use LANAP laser therapy to treat periodontal infections. A faster, less-invasive alternative to traditional surgery, LANAP uses a specialized laser to target your infected tissue and eliminate the bacteria. The treatment is pain-free, doesn’t require a scalpel or stitches, and leaves your healthy gum tissue intact.
How do you treat TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder, or TMD, can be treated in a variety of different ways depending on your case. For most patients, we recommend a customized mouthguard to wear overnight. This device prevents you from clenching or grinding your teeth, relieving the pressure in your jaw that causes pain. Patients with more severe symptoms may require orthodontic treatment or corrective jaw surgery.