Dental Services for Optimal Oral Health
For more than half a century, Ludgate Family Dentistry has proudly combined modern techniques with state-of-the-art technology to maintain optimal oral health for patients in Lumberton, NC. Whether you need a routine dental cleaning or a cavity filled, our dentists look forward to brightening your happy, healthy smile!
General Dentistry Services
Routine dental cleanings are essential to maintaining optimal oral health. By removing plaque and tartar, your oral health is enhanced, and your risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease is reduced. Throughout this appointment, our dentist will perform the following routine checks:
- Examine and assess gum health
- Check for gum disease
- Diagnose any existing tooth decay
- When indicated, take and analyze x-rays, which reveal decay, bone loss, abscesses, tumors, cysts, and other problems.
- Screen for the presence of oral cancer
- Verify the stability of any existing fillings or other restorations
- Inform you of all findings and make treatment recommendations
Ludgate Family Dentistry maintains oral health for patients of all ages with our periodontal care services. We remove plaque from your gum line through scaling and root planing to ensure happy, pink gums!
If you are experiencing redness, swelling, or inflammation around the gum line, you may be in the early stages of gum disease. Our dentists or hygienists may use a tool called a probe to test gums for bleeding and measure periodontal pockets. X-rays will be used to evaluate the bone level around your teeth. While the leading cause of gum disease is lack of oral hygiene, contributing factors include heavy smoking and diabetes.
General Dentistry FAQ
Why is brushing important?
It hardens plaque and becomes calculus (tartar) if plaque is not removed. Calculus cannot be removed with regular brushing. Your hygienist has special instruments designed to remove tartar.
Why should I get a dental exam?
Why should I floss my teeth?
How do I treat periodontal disease?
Periodontitis will require more aggressive treatment. A deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) may be recommended, which involves the removal of plaque/calculus below the gums. For your comfort, local anesthesia is used. The procedure is broken up into 2 (or more) visits for the deep cleaning and a final polish visit. We remove any residual stain and check for persistent areas of inflammation.
The use of a slow-released antibiotic placed into deep pockets may be necessary, as well as prescription mouth rinses.
Perio patients frequently require cleanings and check-ups every 3-4 months. With proper home care and frequent check-ups, patients need regular cleanings to maintain their periodontal health.
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Pediatric Dentistry FAQ
What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?
What should I do if my child has a toothache?
First, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Give the child acetaminophen for any pain–do not place aspirin on the teeth or gums. Then, call our team and see us as soon as possible.
How often does my child need to see the dentist?
How do I make my child’s diet safe for their teeth?
Lumberton, NC, 28358
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