Preventative care is at the heart of everything we do. We believe that proper oral hygiene at home, and regular hygiene visits, are essential for your overall health. With a comprehensive approach to preventative dentistry, Dr. Ventresca can ensure that your mouth is healthy and free of common issues like gum disease and tooth decay. If you are looking for a preventative dentist in West Lafayette, schedule your appointment today.
Regular cleanings from your dental hygienist are essential to maintaining good oral health. We use microultrasonics, some of the most powerful dental cleaning tools available, to remove biofilm and calculus that can build up over time and is nearly impossible to remove without a professional cleaning. We also polish the teeth, remove stains and provide a fluoride varnish to maintain the beauty and health of your smile. Every six months, our team is able to go beyond the brushing and flossing you do at home. And when we see you regularly for cleanings and oral exams, we can keep track of your oral health and help you solve dental issues, or avoid them entirely.
If we find that you have gingivitis or a more advanced case of gum disease during an oral exam, we may suggest periodontal therapy to eliminate the source of infection. Periodontal therapy utilizes microultrasonics alone or with laser to remove calculus and biofilm from deeper pockets below the gum line. This greatly reduces harmful bacteria that cause gum and bone damage. Each site gets extended attention with desensitizer as needed, polishing and a fluoride varnish. Especially during a deep cleaning, you have the potential of bleeding, which provides a pathway for bacteria to enter the blood stream and may increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's and diabetes. With laser-assisted periodontal therapy, bacteria is destroyed before it enters the bloodstream, making it a safer procedure that reduces strain on your immune system.
Perio Protect Method®
A supplementary treatment to cleanings and periodontal therapy is the Perio Protect Method®. This system is a unique, non-surgical and highly-effective method of mitigating most cases of gum disease. It uses a special, custom-made tray, which looks similar to a retainer or mouthguard. You simply put Perio Protect® gel in the tray and wear it for 5 minutes per day to destroy the oral bacteria that cause gum disease.
OralDNA® Salivary Diagnostics
If you suffer from periodontal disease, and want a better understanding of your risk and the causes, OralDNA® testing may be right for you. These tests detect hidden pathogens that threaten your oral and systemic health, and they help Dr. Ventresca and her team determine what’s directly causing your gum disease. We can find the gene marker for inflammation, which can inform us of the severity of periodontal and cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. We can understand how your periodontal disease may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and birth complications. We can even detect high-risk types of HPV that are associated with oral cancer. These tests are especially useful if your periodontal disease is not responsive to therapy. If you’re interested in understanding your risk profile for periodontal disease and other issues, Dr. Ventresca can analyze your saliva with OralDNA® and build a custom treatment or prevention plan that will keep you in good health.
Stress-induced teeth grinding and clenching (also known as bruxism) is more common than you might think, and it can seriously damage your smile, cause your enamel to wear thin leading to sensitivity, or even cause one or more of your teeth to break. A custom nightguard from Dr. Ventresca will protect your teeth from excessive strain, and ensure that your oral health is not affected by bruxism. If your bruxism is chronic, there may be an underlying functional problem other than stress and a different type of sleep appliance or treatment may be recommended.
We use sophisticated digital imaging technology at West Lafayette Dental Studio. Our digital x-rays are faster, safer and more convenient than traditional x-rays, offering much more detailed images, reducing radiation exposure by 90%, and allowing for better insights into your oral health. This helps Dr. Ventresca accurately diagnose dental health issues and decide which treatments are best for your particular needs.
We strongly believe in not only fixing what is broken but also restoring balance and preventing future compromise to the mouth and teeth. Oral Probiotics that we sell at the Studio are top of the line in terms of efficacy and quality. Over a few weeks, pathogenic bacteria is outcompeted by the beneficial bacteria in the probiotic, allowing a whole new healthy environment to develop in the mouth. This in turn decreases the rate of caries or cavities, periodontal and gum disease, dry mouth, as well as staining. That's right, probiotics will over time progressively make teeth brighter.
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