Preventive Dentistry

By practicing good dental hygiene, we reduce our risk of cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, and secondary problems. If you don’t take care of your teeth, you may end up spending thousands of dollars in restorative and cosmetic care.

Preventive dentistry focuses on positive hygiene procedures and daily practices to prevent tooth decay and other oral diseases and conditions. Effective preventive care combines routine, daily maintenance by patients with the recommendations and treatments of dentists like Dr. Stuart Curry.

Procedures

Dental exams
Every new patient to Sturt Curry Dentistry receives a dental exam. This involves dental X-rays to gauge the depth of the pockets around the teeth. Based on these measurements, and by viewing the bitewing radiographs, we determine what if any disease is present.

Cleanings
Routine teeth cleanings are necessary to remove the buildup of tartar and plaque. This buildup is for the most part natural, but too much buildup can lead to gum disease.

Fillings
Dental fillings are a way to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay. The decayed tooth material is removed, the area is cleaned, and the recess is filled with a material of your choosing.

Endodontics
The most common type of endodontic treatments involves root canals. A root canal is performed when the pulp inside a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned, filled, and sealed.

Periodontal treatments
Periodontitis is a common but fairly preventable disease that usually stems from poor oral care. Most people know that it can lead to tooth loss and gingivitis but are un aware that it is also a risk factor for heart and lung diseases.

Make an appointment

If you are in the Birmingham area, and you think you may benefit from any of these procedures, please make an appointment to speak with Dr. Curry today.