Preventive Dentistry

Cleanings and Preventive Services

One of our goals is to help you maintain your overall oral health so that you can maintain your teeth for life.  It is clear that routine cleanings, periodic examinations, and diligent home care are all helpful in preventing dental disease.  By having a dental examination and cleaning performed at least twice each year, our Sparks, NV dentists and dental team can easily help you maintain your oral health as well as diagnose and treat any conditions that may arise.  At your preventive appointment, your cleaning will be completed by a competent and experienced registered dental hygienist who will gently clean and polish your teeth and take any and all necessary digital radiographs. Drs. Vaughn and Dr. VanHorn will also provide a thorough examination of your teeth and soft tissues. If you would like to learn more about preventive dentistry and how to maintain your oral health, please feel free to contact our Sparks, NV dental office soon.

Comprehensive Treatment Planning

Great oral health means far more than just watching out for cavities. Your teeth and oral cavity are part of a much larger system referred to as the human body.  In our Sparks, NV dental office, our dentists focus on thorough examinations and comprehensive treatment planning in order to diagnose and treat your overall oral health.  During the examination, the dentist will evaluate your head and neck anatomy, extra-oral hard and soft tissues including musculature and TMJ, intra-oral soft tissues for oral cancer screenings and evaluation of your periodontal condition, and examine your teeth and occlusion (bite) in an efficient manner.  You and the dentist will also spend time discussing concerns that relate to oral health and make sure you know what options are available to improve or correct your condition.  A comprehensive approach to your examination allows for accurate diagnoses and efficient planning of any dental treatment that may be required.

Digital X-rays

For diagnosing tooth decay and other conditions of the teeth and bones, radiographs are an indispensable tool for dentists. Our Sparks, NV dental practice utilizes digital radiography or digital X-rays. Not only is low-exposure digital radiography safer for you, with up to 90% less radiation than traditional X-rays, it also allows for early detection of critical dental conditions (dental decay, cysts, cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, congenitally missing teeth, etc.).  Also, digital radiography is more comfortable and convenient than traditional X-rays.  Digital radiography utilizes a small sensor that’s placed in your mouth and attached to a computer imaging device.  The digital images are instantly relayed to a chair-side monitor for easy viewing by both the dentist and patient.  Additionally, digital radiography allows us to zoom in and display close-up images of trouble spots for more accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Advanced Technologies:  Digital imaging and other advanced diagnostic techniques enable thorough and efficient diagnosis of dental conditions and aid in our treatment planning process.  We utilize a small intraoral camera which allows us to capture digital images and then visualize your dental condition as the images are displayed on a large computer monitor.  Not only does this allow you to see the areas of concern but it also provides valuable information for an accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

Preventive Education

At our Sparks, NV dental practice, we believe that preventative care and patient education are keys to achieving optimal oral health. We focus on thorough exams – checking the overall health of your teeth and gums, performing oral cancer exams, and taking digital X-rays when necessary to diagnose specific conditions. We also know that routine cleanings, periodic examinations, and diligent home care on your part are all helpful in preventing decay and disease. Not only are we focused on the beauty of your smile, we are also concerned about your overall health.  Routine reviews of your medical history help us to stay informed of your overall health by tracking recent diagnoses or treatments, new medications, and any systemic illnesses that may impact your dental health.