General Dentistry Services in Hewitt, TX
Keeping Up With Your Smile’s Health
While daily brushing and flossing can help keep your teeth in good shape, even the most dedicated patient can miss a couple of spots. That’s why when you visit Central Texas Dental Care, our expert team of dentists will thoroughly clean your teeth of any plaque or tartar to make sure that your teeth aren’t at risk for dental issues. That way, you can be confident in your smile while protecting your oral health in the long run.
Our Hewitt, TX practice offers a variety of general dentistry services to protect your smile and address a variety of dental concerns. Read our guide below to learn how Dr. Sager can help you care for your pearly whites to save you time and money.
The most important dental procedures for your oral health are routine cleanings. While this step is often overlooked, simply visiting your dentist at least twice a year can help prevent plaque from building up and causing either gum disease or tooth decay. These appointments also give Dr. Sager the opportunity to take scans of your mouth and check for any issues. If our team finds a cavity, early signs of oral cancer, or any other possible dental health problems, we’ll address it immediately with the right treatment.
Periodontal (Gum) Treatment
Your gums are just as important to your oral health as your teeth. When there’s a build-up of excessive bacteria, it can cause a condition known as periodontal disease, which can cause symptoms including swollen gums, a receding gum line, and eventual tooth loss. Daily brushing and flossing, combined with regular checkups at our Hewitt practice are the best methods to protect your gums from this condition.
If you develop gum disease, Central Texas Dental Care is proud to offer LANAP®, which is a special laser that removes bacteria from below the gum line with minimal discomfort. Laser treatment for gum disease also encourages faster, better healing, prevents the need for sutures and stitches, and drastically reduces the risk of postoperative complications.
A cavity that’s left untreated can reach your tooth’s pulp, a chamber in the center that contains nerve tissues, blood vessels, and more. While gum disease can cause extreme discomfort and sensitivity with your smile, our dentists can save your tooth with a root canal. The procedure involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning the inside of your tooth, and sealing it with a beautiful porcelain crown to protect it from future reinfection.
Dentists aren’t only concerned with your teeth and gums. Your jaw also plays an important role in supporting your smile and helping you with speaking clearly. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw, it can lead to issues with your temporomandibular joints known as TMJ Disorder. This can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including jaw pain, headaches, tinnitus, and chipped teeth.
Fortunately, Dr. Sager offers TMJ therapy to improve your symptoms. 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 routine cleaning?
When you visit our Hewitt, TX practice for your biannual appointment, your dentist will use 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.
Should my child get a routine 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 general dentistry services, making our practice a one-stop-shop for all your family’s dental needs. In fact, our team of dentists recommend bringing your child with you to your own appointments to help them feel comfortable in our office from an early age.
How is periodontal (gum) disease treated?
Our Hewitt, TX practice uses LANAP laser therapy to treat periodontal infections. A faster, less-invasive alternative to traditional oral surgery, LANAP uses a specialized laser to precisely target your infected gum tissue and thoroughly eliminate any bacteria. Best of all, the treatment is pain-free, doesn’t require a scalpel or stitches, and leaves the rest of your smile intact.
Can TMJ Disorder be treated?
TMJ Disorder 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 excess pressure in your jaw. Patients with more severe symptoms may require orthodontic treatment or corrective jaw surgery.
Protect Your Smile’s Health With General Dentistry
A healthy smile goes a long way, which is why protecting your oral health is our top priority. At Central Texas Dental Care, our resident dentist, Dr. Sager and the rest of our team are dedicated to providing you with the best care possible. We’ll make sure that your smile is healthy and beautiful for years to come.
Schedule a consultation today by calling our Hewitt office at (254) 666-1686 or by filling out our convenient contact form below. We proudly serve patients from our home in Hewitt and those who reside in the West Waco, Robinson, and Woodway neighborhoods.