General Dentistry in Allen Park, MI
Your Regular Dental Visit
We might not always jump at the chance to visit the dentist, but regular cleanings and checkups are essential for a beautiful and healthy smile. Dr. Cannon and our expert dental team at Allen Park Dentistry provide comfortable, effective treatments for all patients during their appointments. Schedule your appointment today and keep your smile looking and feeling its best.
Dental Exams and X-Rays
During your checkup appointment, we’ll thoroughly examine your mouth for any areas of concern or signs of oral health issues. We’ll determine if you have any cavities, gum disease, or other potential issues that require treatment or monitoring. X-rays are taken once a year to get a more detailed picture of your mouth. Thanks to our advanced technology, X-rays are quick and comfortable.
If we notice any issues, we’ll provide you with detailed information on our available treatments so you can make an informed decision about proceeding with dental care.
Our hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth and remove built up plaque and tartar from difficult to reach places. Dental cleanings are important even if you brush and floss your teeth regularly, as some areas are easy to miss and hardened plaque requires professional tools to eliminate.
Regular deep cleanings at our dental office can keep these areas free from disease and decay. We’ll also provide tips on taking care of your smile more effectively at home. By keeping up with your at-home oral hygiene routine combined with regular appointments for dental cleanings, you can prevent oral health complications and the need for more invasive treatment.
Oral Cancer Screening
As part of your regular checkup, we’ll screen you for conditions like oral cancer. These screenings are quick and painless, consisting of a visual and tactile examination of your face, neck, inner cheeks, gums, teeth, and tongue. These examinations are among the most important parts of your routine appointments, as early detection is key for successfully treating oral cancer before it progresses. We’ll make sure to confirm your clean bill of health or get you on the path to a speedy recovery.
Applying fluoride is a crucial component of general dentistry because it remineralizes your enamel and wards off tooth decay. Fluoride is often found in dental products such as toothpaste and mouthwash, as it can help strengthen your teeth and protect them from harmful bacteria in your mouth. We recommend using products with fluoride as part of your regular oral hygiene routine.
We also provide fluoride treatments at our office, using more concentrated solutions to boost the protection of your teeth. Dr. Cannon will let you know if she believes a fluoride treatment could be beneficial for preserving your healthy smile.
Sealants do exactly what their name suggests — sealing your teeth so harmful bacteria can’t reach them. Sealants are brushed onto the surfaces of teeth in a liquid form, filling the crevices and grooves where bacteria can hide. Then, Dr. Cannon cures the sealants into a solid shield, providing a lasting barrier against plaque and tartar. Sealants are often used to protect children’s new adult teeth as they grow in, but they can also be used to reinforce vulnerable teeth for patients of any age.
Cavity Treatment and Root Canal Therapy
In the event that you develop a cavity, Dr. Cannon can provide effective treatment to restore the health of your tooth. She’ll remove the infection and repair your tooth so it looks healthy and beautiful. We offer tooth-colored fillings so your smile will look completely natural after treatment.
If your cavity isn’t treated, the infection can spread throughout your tooth and eventually to other parts of the body. If bacteria reaches the innermost part of your tooth, you may experience more painful symptoms and increased health risks.
If your tooth becomes infected, Dr. Cannon can provide root canal treatment to resolve your symptoms. This is the last opportunity to save your natural tooth before having to resort to an extraction. While root canal therapy has a reputation for being uncomfortable, modern treatments are virtually painless. Dr. Cannon will make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable during all parts of the procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, cleanings can sometimes whiten your teeth. We may be able to remove stains from your teeth by polishing them using our professional dental tools. The result isn’t as dramatic as a professional teeth whitening treatment, but you may notice a slight difference.
To keep your teeth from developing stains, we recommend taking good care of your teeth at home. On top of a thorough oral hygiene routine, you can rinse your mouth with water after you eat and avoid dark-colored foods and drinks that have a tendency to cause discoloration.
No, teeth cleanings won’t damage your teeth. Teeth cleanings prevent your teeth from becoming damaged by harmful bacteria and allow for other issues to be identified and treated. We’ll clean off any leftover food, debris, and hardened plaque that are stuck in your teeth so they won’t cause decay.
Teeth cleanings don’t normally hurt, so let your hygienist know immediately if you’re uncomfortable. There may be an underlying issue contributing to your pain during the cleaning. We’ll address the problem and provide additional treatment if necessary.
Root canal therapy is generally completed in less than 90 minutes. The actual length of time needed for your treatment will depend on your individual case. If you have a complex root structure or multiple teeth in need of treatment, you may require more than one appointment.
For an accurate timeline, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Cannon where she can examine your oral health and provide you with detailed information on treatment options.
The root canal is the innermost part of your tooth that contains sensitive nerves and tissue. When these tissues become infected, they can lead to severe pain. Root canal therapy is the treatment of an infection within the root canal. During root canal therapy, Dr. Cannon removes the inflamed tissues from your tooth so they won’t cause you pain any longer.
Contact Dr. Cannon for Your General Dentistry Needs
Preventing oral disease can save you from dental pain and worries about invasive procedures. We recommend visiting Dr. Cannon for regular checkups and cleanings twice a year — our friendly staff will help you keep your smile beautiful.
To learn more about preventive care at our Allen Park office, you can easily reach us by calling (313) 928-8848 or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you preserve your healthy teeth and gums.