Preventive Dentistry Houston, TX
Healthy smiles start with professional preventive dentistry. At Edge Dental, your bright, healthy smile is our top priority. Of course, you'll only smile if you're as happy with our service as you are with our dental treatment. That's why we take the time to listen to your needs and concerns. Not only do we listen to your concerns, but we use gentle, efficient cleaning techniques. We also hire caring, highly trained professionals. Our experienced team of specialists is invested in meeting all of your dental needs; from calming anxieties to teaching good habits, from regular check-ups to sophisticated dental surgery.
At Edge Dental, we take exceptional care of your oral health. Below are some of the preventive dental services that our practice provides.
Cleanings, Exams and X-rays
Professional cleanings performed by a hygienist or dental assistant are important to your dental health as are daily brushing and flossing. Twice yearly dental check-ups and cleanings help catch problems when they are small and easier to treat. Left unattended, small treatable problems become worse and may require more extensive, expensive procedures to repair.
Fluoride treatment is a simple procedure that only lasts a few minutes. It involves the application of the fluoride, which can be in the form of a foam, gel or varnish. The fluoride is applied directly on the surface of the teeth using a brush or cotton swab, where it forms a protective layer on the teeth. The fluoride may also come in the form of a tablet or liquid, in which case it is applied as a mouthwash rinse.
Sometimes there isn't anymore that can be done for a tooth. When a tooth has become too decayed or damaged to keep around, an extraction can be your best bet in the long run concerning not only your pain but the health of the rest of your mouth as well.
Multiple Tooth Extraction
Losing several teeth is also not a fun experience, as it can affect your smile and your confidence. At Edge Dental, we offer several dental solutions, from the extraction of your teeth to replacement options for the extracted teeth.
Oral Cancer Screening
During your dental visit, Dr. Justin Lai can talk to you about your health history and examine you for signs of mouth and/or throat cancer. Regular visits to Edge Dental can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.
Placing sealants is a quick procedure, taking less than 30 minutes to complete. Before the placement of sealants, any existing cavities need to be treated. The teeth need to be cleaned before the sealants can be placed. We thoroughly clean out the crevices on the surfaces of your molars, ensuring to debris or bacteria remain.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that affects the gums. The infection, which is usually due to poor oral hygiene, results in the inflammation of the gums as well as the supporting teeth. If not treated, gum disease can lead to the loss of your teeth and the destruction of the gum tissues.
Your teeth are quite resilient and can withstand a lot. However, when you are participating in a sport, especially contact sports, the chances of your teeth being injured are high.
One of the best ways to keep your gums from bleeding when you come in for a cleaning is to floss regularly. Brushing your teeth before or after flossing is less important than whether you floss or not.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects how you breathe when sleeping. During sleep, normal breathing can be interrupted for 10 seconds or more hundreds of times during a single night.
Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
Bruxism (teeth grinding) can cause moderate to severe long-term damage to teeth. Constant grinding wears down the surface of the tooth, exposing the soft dentin beneath the enamel.
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
From crowns and bridges to periodontal care and extractions, Justin Lai, DDS offers a wide range of general and cosmetic dental treatments. If you have a dental concern, Dr. Lai will have a solution.
Edge Dental is equipped with digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras and 3-dimensional cone beam imaging to gain the best possible information about patient dental health. This enables Dr. Lai to view teeth, gum tissue and surrounding bone structures in high resolution from all angles. Based on findings, treatment plans are designed to optimize oral health with minimally invasive procedures.
We have recently expanded our hours to better accommodate your busy schedule!