Routine

Preventative Care

Most dental problems can be prevented if caught early. That’s why we love to see you every six months – regular cleanings and exams keep your teeth and gums looking, feeling and functioning their best.

There’s a lot more going on in your mouth than what is visible to the naked eye. Routine visits allow for a comprehensive picture of your overall oral health – not just your teeth and gums, but roots and occlusion too.

  • Cleaning
  • Exam
  • X-rays
It’s true – even with regular brushing and flossing, plaque and stains build up on tooth surfaces over time, which leads to harder deposits that are difficult for a normal toothbrush and floss to remove. This is where your team at Five Pines Dental steps in: we use gentle ultrasonic technology to remove hard plaque with less scraping. Regular cleanings at Five Pines can prevent gingivitis, tooth decay and loss of enamel.
Along with your cleaning, Dr. Zeller will perform a thorough examination – this isn’t just looking for cavities but assessing the overall health of your mouth. Exams always include screenings for early signs of gum disease and oral cancer. Dr. Zeller will review x-rays taken at the appointment and we always schedule time for patients to ask any questions they might have about their oral health.
X-rays are a powerful diagnostic tool that allows dentists to see the condition of your roots, nerves and bone, check for cysts or impacted teeth and catch decay before significant damage is done. The digital x-rays we use at Five Pines not only reduce radiation exposure but since they are viewed on a computer instead of film, we’re able to zoom in, increase or decrease contrast and see your pearly whites in high definition.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums caused by a buildup of plaque that creates toxins which damage the gums and create small pockets that separate the gums from the teeth. Nearly 50% of adults have gum disease and it is the top reason for tooth loss in the US. Not all patients with gum disease feel pain, so regular checkups are important so we can check for signs of periodontal disease by measuring the space between your teeth and gums.

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
This early stage of gum disease is marked by red and swollen gums that bleed easily. This stage is treatable and can usually be eliminated by regular cleanings and daily brushing and flossing.
Untreated gingivitis will turn into periodontitis, and the gums and bone that support the teeth will become seriously and irreversibly damaged. Gums infected with periodontitis often can’t properly support teeth, causing them to become loose or fall out.
 

We offer in-house periodontal therapy at our downtown Portland office.

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