YOUR FAMILY DENTIST IN SANTA ROSA
According to the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, you and your family should see your dentist at least twice a year for dental cleanings and checkups. Preventive care is the best way to keep your teeth strong and your gums healthy. Besides cavities, checkups can detect gum disease and oral cancer in their early stages. In addition to oral cancer screenings, our digital radiography system makes X-rays quick and convenient, while reducing radiation exposure.
Along with providing thorough dental cleanings and comprehensive X-rays, we can show you how to care for your teeth at home. Correct brushing and flossing can save you from many problems down the road. Your child should begin seeing a dentist when the first tooth comes in, usually before the first birthday. Early examinations are the best form of preventive care. Family dentist Valeria Lawrence, DDS, treats several pediatric issues including:
- Nursing caries (tooth decay from bottle and breastfeeding)
- Prolonged thumb sucking
- Fluoride supplements
- Replants and stabilization of knocked-out teeth
We also treat more “adult” problems like cavities in a gentle, friendly manner that will put your kids at ease. A trip to the family dentist should not be scary for children. We offer nitrous oxide relaxation for anxious and fearful patients. Nitrous oxide is also called “laughing gas” because of the euphoric feeling it creates during dental treatment.
Over time, deposits of plaque and tartar form along the gum line. Bacteria thrive in these places, eating away at the foundation of the tooth and causing a “periodontal pocket.” The ultimate outcome of this process will be gum disease and tooth loss.
Deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, eliminates the bacteria in these pockets and allows your gums to heal. Depending on the severity of the problem (e.g. how long its been untreated), deep cleaning may take several appointments. This preventive procedure can halt and reverse gingivitis, gum disease, and other major dental problems down the road. Both Dr. Lawrence and our hygienist are laser-certified. We use lasers for gum surgery and deep cleaning. We also use lasers extensively for cold-sore treatment and denture sore treatment.
Extractions and Wisdom Teeth
In cases of severe tooth decay, infection, gum disease or other circumstances, extracting the tooth may be the best solution. We perform both simple and surgical extractions. Dr. Lawrence performs extractions of wisdom teeth. In conjunction with extractions, she also offers bone grafts. These procedures can help preserve the natural appearance of the mouth, provide support for dental bridges and dentures, and strengthen the ridge area where teeth have been removed. Further, bone grafts may also accelerate the healing process after an extraction.
Our family dentist even provides snore treatment using custom-made appliances you wear while you sleep to reduce or eliminate snoring. Many people prefer dental snore treatment to CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) devices that necessitate wearing a mask during sleep, which many people find uncomfortable. If you or someone in your household snores, our snore treatment can help everyone sleep more quietly and comfortably.
To schedule an appointment in our Santa Rosa dental office, please call 707.546.7699 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. Patients come to us for family dentistry from Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Fulton, Rohnert Park, Kenwood and neighboring communities.