Dental Cleanings & Prevention in Swansea, IL

Protecting Your Beautiful Smile

Prevention is the most important step to having a sparkling smile. Preserving the natural beauty and strength of your smile is a cooperative effort by you, your dentist, and our whole team at Corner Stone Dental. We provide professional assistance for your smile through regular treatment and cleaning.

Dental Exams & Cleanings

Your regular dental exams will be conducted by one of our general dentists, Dr. Wilson, Dr. Lauren, or Dr. Banker. This examination is essential for the early detection of oral issues. You’ll also be provided with a thorough dental cleaning by our dental hygienist.

During your professional cleaning, we’ll remove plaque, tartar, and other debris. This helps protect you against cavities and gum disease. Even when you’re brushing and flossing every day, there are areas of the mouth that are easy to miss. And once tartar has attached itself to your teeth, it can only be removed by a dental hygienist.

A professional cleaning will also eliminate minor stains that can’t be removed with regular brushing. Our hygienist will leave your smile spotless and feeling fresh.

Oral Cancer Screening

An oral cancer screening is always a part of your regular exam. This is a quick check of your face, neck, lips, tongue, and other tissues for early signs of oral cancer. It’s extremely important because the earlier oral cancer is discovered, the easier it is to treat.

Treatment for Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a dangerous infection that attacks the patient’s gums. It’s caused by bacteria that feed on plaque and tartar. When left untreated, gum disease will wreak havoc on your smile. Fortunately, our doctors have effective treatments for all stages of gum disease.

Treating Cavities & Root Canal Therapy

Oral disease above the gum line can develop into tooth decay. It begins by eating through your enamel, the hard outer layer of your tooth, to form a hollow space called a cavity. We can eliminate cavities by removing the infected portion of the tooth. Then we’ll use an attractive tooth-colored filling to restore your tooth so it looks like new.

If a cavity is left untreated, the decay will travel further into your tooth, making its way through the dentin, which is the soft middle layer of your tooth. Then the infection can penetrate the innermost area of the tooth, known as dental pulp. The dental pulp contains sensitive tissues that nurture the living tooth.

When the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected, it can be severely painful. Other signs that you may require root canal therapy include:

  • Swelling around the base of the tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Swelling and tenderness in surrounding gums.

After providing a local anesthetic, your dentist will create a tiny hole in the affected tooth. The infected tissue will be removed and the space will be filled with a rubbery substance called gutta-percha to prevent future infection. In most cases, a natural-looking dental crown is placed over the surgical site, restoring the tooth to full function.

Frequently Asked Questions

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