The foundation for an attractive smile is good oral health, which unfortunately is not a given for most people. The most cost-effective and healthy approach for ensuring optimal oral health is to adopt preventative measures instead of waiting until a problem develops.
One of our chief practice philosophies is to focus on disease prevention since, generally, the fewer restorations required, the healthier the dentition and smile. We seek to find a personalized preventative and maintenance plan that best suits your individual needs.
An essential part of prevention is comprehensive dental exams. At Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry, our doctors perform extensive, detailed exams so you can rest assured that we’re checking the condition of everything from the tissue to the teeth. We even check your temporomandibular joint to evaluate how it is affecting your oral health.
Good oral health is dependent on the condition of your gums, which are a very accurate indicator of your oral health. Routine periodontal checkups are essential so we can chart your gums, which includes taking measurements of gum pockets to see if they are a cause for concern or if they are growing due to periodontal disease.
At Berkeley Prosthodontics, we apply the CAMBRA (Caries Management by Risk Assessment) philosophy to our preventive treatments. CAMBRA is an evidence-based approach for preventing and treating caries. Once we identify your risk (low, moderate, or extreme), we can develop a therapeutic and preventive plan for treatment. For example, if you are at high caries risk, we may prescribe you Prevident 5000ppm toothpaste to help slow the caries disease process and remineralize your teeth.
An integral part of exams is digital radiographs, which allow us to produce detailed images of the inside of your teeth. These images are another invaluable diagnostic tool because we can quickly identify early dental conditions and treat them before they get worse and threaten your oral health.
We encourage you to be an active participant in your dental exams, and digital radiographs are an excellent educational tool because we can share the high-resolution images with you. This helps you quickly see what we see, providing you with the immediate, detailed feedback you need to make confident decisions about your treatment.
Whether you simply want to maintain your good oral health or you have neglected your teeth and need dental attention, the team at Berkeley Prosthodontics is here to help.
We would love to be part of your effort to achieve and maintain a healthy smile. If it’s time for you to schedule your next exam and professional cleaning, please call our Berkeley, CA dental office to arrange a convenient appointment. We look forward to working with you to help you enjoy the immense benefits of optimal oral health!