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.