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General & Preventive Dentistry

General & Preventive Dentistry From Ramsey Dental Group

Keeping Your Teeth Healthy For A Long-Lasting Smile


 

When you feel at home with your dentist, you’re more likely to keep up with regularly scheduled appointments. That’s why our entire dental team makes sure you're cared for in a way you won’t find anywhere else.

Our highly-trained team of doctors, dental assistants, dental hygienists, and office staff want to get to know you and your smile. Our biggest goal is to take the best possible care of your teeth, we will monitor the progression of your health to help keep bigger issues from occurring to save your smile and your budget. You’ll never feel alone because we’re always here to help — no matter what your smile needs may be.

When you come in for a visit, you’ll always get a thorough exam so that we can look for any changes that may have occurred since your last visit. This gives us a chance to catch any issues, such as cavities or broken/chipped teeth before they turn into something else. Our patients in Keizer, Salem, and the surrounding areas know that we can help them develop healthy hygiene habits. We have extremely skilled hygienists that are specially trained to look for and treat gum disease to help your smile look and feel its very best. We’ll also be on the lookout for any signs or symptoms of oral cancer.

Together, we will create a course of treatment that will address your specific needs to achieve and even exceed your smile goals. With years of experience and skilled precision, you’ll enjoy an effective, personalized kind of dentistry you won’t find anywhere else. We are proud to serve our neighbors in Keizer and Salem.

Checkups

The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings. It’s imperative to maintaining your oral health and your overall health, too. A comprehensive checkup from Ramsey Dental Group starts with us taking a look at your teeth for any new or potential problems so we can address them before they become a bigger issue that requires more extensive, costly treatment.

We’ll also examine your gums to make sure there’s no presence of disease. Keeping your gums healthy is extremely important because if they’re not in good shape they will compromise the health of your teeth, too.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Another very important part of your regular checkups with Ramsey Dental Group is having an oral cancer screening. Cancers of the mouth can happen to anyone, not just people who engage in high-risk activities such as smoking, chewing tobacco, and excessive alcohol use.

We take the time to do both a precise visual and manual evaluation looking for any possible signs of pathology. Our skilled professional team will look at gums and throughout the rest of your mouth for any abnormalities.

Periodontal Evaluations

Keeping gums healthy is imperative to making sure your teeth stay healthy too. Did you know that periodontal or gum disease is actually an infection of the pink area that surrounds your teeth? If left untreated, it can cause teeth to become loose, fall out, and even lead to potentially bigger problems elsewhere in the body such as heart disease. Gum disease is one of the biggest causes of tooth loss in adults and is a result of sticky plaque and bacteria on your teeth.

One of the reasons gum disease often goes untreated is because, for the most part, it’s relatively painless. Most people are unaware that they even have gum disease because of this. Our dentists and hygienists are highly trained in periodontal therapy and can provide treatment options for you if necessary. If you have any of these symptoms, please call our office for a periodontal screening:

  • Bleeding, tender, red, or swollen gums
  • Gums that are receding from your teeth
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Change in bite or the way your dentures fit

Caries Disease Evaluations

Caries are more commonly known as cavities. Unfortunately, they are also the most common disease that attacks teeth. Cavities lead to deterioration and decay which lead to more costly dental work in the future. When you come to Ramsey Dental Group for an evaluation, the presence of caries or cavities is one of the first things we look for in each and every tooth. There are two kinds of caries you need to be aware of:

Smooth surface caries - Most commonly located around the gumline or where your teeth touch one another, this kind of decay can be prevented with regular brushing and flossing.

Pit/fissure caries - You’ll find these common kinds of cavities forming on your teeth’s chewing surfaces. They usually appear on the back molars and premolars or on the back of your front teeth. 

Our dentists have a variety of affordable and effective solutions to help get rid of and protect your teeth from cavities such as dental sealants and fillings.

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) Therapy

Do you grind or clench your teeth? This is known as bruxism. There are actually two different kinds of bruxism - day and night - both of which are equally as damaging to your mouth and jaw. Bruxism can lead to pain in your face as well as chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.

Common symptoms usually include:

  • Facial pain
  • Headaches
  • Broken dental fillings
  • Injured, painful gums
  • Swelling or pain in the jaw

Our team of trained dental professionals can assess your situation and decide what type of treatment will be most effective for you. We do offer mouthguards that can be customized to fit your bite for a comfortable, affordable solution to teeth grinding.

Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Therapy

Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans. The most common form of sleep disorder is called obstructive sleep apnea. People who struggle with this condition have very shallow breathing or might briefly stop breathing while sleeping. Did you know that this can happen hundreds of time every night without you even knowing it has occurred?

The dentists at Ramsey Dental Group have helped sleep apnea patients just like you enjoy a more restful night’s sleep.

If you’re experience any of these common sleep apnea symptoms or find yourself struggling to get a good night’s rest because of your CPAP machine, please give our office a call.

  • Extreme fatigue during the day
  • Headaches
  • Night sweats
  • Dry mouth in the morning
  • A hard time getting out of bed
  • Depression or irritability

Extractions and Oral Surgery

We go out of our way to preserve as many of your natural teeth as we can for as long as possible. But sometimes a tooth needs to be pulled or extracted for a variety of reasons. Thankfully we have Dr. Brian Gilmore and Dr. Michael DuVall. They are extremely knowledgeable and experienced when it come to gently extracting teeth and performing oral surgery.

If you need a tooth pulled or are in need of oral surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact our caring team. We will assess your needs with a thorough examination and go over your options with a consultation.

Stop Smoking

Smoking is detrimental to both your oral and your overall health, posing a serious risk for cancer and other extremely dangerous diseases. But we understand how hard it can be to quit, and we never what to you to feel like you’re alone on this journey.

We’ve successfully helped numerous patients just like you quit smoking — for good. It's not too late and there are options that will help you give up tobacco once and for all. We are here to tell you that the effective help you need is waiting at Ramsey Dental Group. We’re on your side and we’ll be with you every step of the way.

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