Preventive Dentistry – Lincoln, NE
Stopping Problems Before They Ever Start
At Pioneer Greens Dentistry, preventive care is an essential part of our mission. Besides helping patients creates stronger or more vibrant smiles, we also want to help them prevent problems in the first place. The most common oral health problems are tooth decay and gum disease. Others include teeth grinding, TMJ dysfunction, and even oral cancer. Our dental office team is dedicated to helping you avoid these problems and the complications that may arise from them with prevnetive dentistry in Lincoln, NE, leading to better oral health and lower overall care costs.
Why Choose Pioneer Greens Dentistry for Preventive Dentistry?
- State-of-the-Art Technology
- Friendly Team Who Provide Personalized Care
- Happy to Treat the Entire Family
Your First Visit
At Pioneer Greens, we like to have fun while we're providing exceptional care. Dr. Chris, Dr. Claire, and Dr. Pauley help put our patients at ease with their warm and relaxed personalities, and they look forward to meeting you and getting to know your smile!
Your first visit to Pioneer Greens will be unlike any experience you’ve ever had at a dentist’s office. Your dentist will personally welcome you to the dental office and make you feel comfortable from start to finish, and then they’ll complete a thorough oral health exam to help you diagnose any existing issues requiring additional care. Our front office team will begin processing your new patient paperwork immediately to make the appointment as efficient as possible. After meeting the dentists, you’ll also have the chance to meet our talented team of hygienists. Besides cleaning your teeth, your hygienist will talk to you about any changes in your oral health and offer tips for improving your homecare routine.
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
Our team recommends that everyone, no matter their age or dental needs, should attend at least two checkups and cleanings each year. These appointments give our team the chance to not only catch minor issues early but also stop many before they develop in the first place. Keeping up with these preventive visits is proven to lead to better oral health over time and help a patient keep their overall dental costs low, which is a big win-win in our book!
Oral Cancer Screening
At Pioneer Greens, our dentists make sure to thoroughly check for signs of oral cancer at each visit that you have. About a quarter of oral cancer diagnoses are made with none of the most common risk factors. Even if you don’t smoke or drink alcohol to excess, regular screenings are critical to optimal oral health. An early diagnosis is your best hope for making a full recovery.
After your dental cleaning, we’ll briefly coat your teeth with a concentrated fluoride solution. Fluoride is a mineral commonly added to toothpaste and tap water because when it comes in contact with the enamel, it actually strengthens it and makes it more resistant to decay. This treatment, combined with using a fluoridated toothpaste every day at home, can easily help a patient stay cavity-free for years at a time.
Nightguards for Bruxism
“Bruxism” isn’t a term that many people know, but quite a few are familiar with the symptoms: worn down teeth, a sore jaw, and headaches in the morning. It actually refers to unconscious teeth grinding during sleep. To stop this problem from really harming someone’s smile, we can provide them with a nightguard to wear to bed. This small mouthpiece keeps the teeth apart during the night so they can stay safe, and it can also prevent muscle tension that can lead to pain in stiffness in the jaw.
At-Home Oral Hygiene Products
99.9% of your dental care actually happens at home in the form of daily brushing and flossing, so as you can imagine, the oral hygiene products you use are extremely important! Are you using the right ones for your particular smile? There is a nearly endless variety of toothbrushes, toothpastes, and mouthwashes available, so it can be confusing to know which are ideally suited to your specific needs. We would be happy to help by giving you a recommendation at your next checkup and cleaning, so be sure to ask our team when you see us!
Is your jaw sore all the time? Do you actually have trouble opening and closing your mouth? Does it pop and crack whenever you do? If so, then you may have a temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the set of small hinges located in front of your ears that allow your jaw to move freely in all directions. It can sometimes develop stiffness and pain due to a misaligned bite or teeth grinding, but our team is more than ready to help with custom-made mouthpieces. These can not only stop any chronic pain but also improve the functionality of the jaw at the same time.
Sleep Apnea Therapy
Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects about 20 million Americans each night, and it’s characterized by brief lapses in breathing while someone is asleep. This dramatically reduces sleep quality, making a person feel groggy and exhausted the next morning as well as the entire day. Dr. Claire is able to help patients overcome this problem and stop snoring using custom-made mouthpieces that enable them to breathe normally during the night so they can always wake up feeling energetic and focused.