Preventive & General Dentistry in Seattle
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Regular six-month dental exams are recommended by the American Dental Association and our experienced general dentists. These exams help prevent severe dental problems from evolving by catching any potential issues early and treating them.
Dr. Kollia and Dr. Fu offer comprehensive patient exams, which include:
- Examination of your teeth and gums
- Intraoral photos
- Full mouth series
- Digital x-rays (if required)
Modern research shows certain types of oral cancer are on the rise. At Aesthetica Contemporary Dentistry, we provide oral cancer screening using modern technology and advanced training. It is our aim to diagnose any cancer early and prevent it from becoming severe. We do this by thoroughly examining your head, mouth, and neck for any suspicious lumps or lesions.
We recommend undergoing an oral cancer screening every 6-12 months or when you notice any unusual lumps, bleeding, or pain in your mouth.
We use state-of-the-art digital x-rays and digital cameras to assist us in providing an accurate diagnosis. Our panoramic x-ray will capture your entire mouth in a single image, including the teeth, upper and lower jaws, and surrounding structures and tissues.
Digital x-rays are safer for our patients, reducing radiation by as much as 90%. Digital x-rays are also better for the environment as they eliminate the use of processing chemicals.
The foundation of solid dental care is routine cleaning and maintenance. Despite regular brushing and flossing, there may still be a build-up of decay or plaque that needs to be removed to prevent further problems. This can be achieved through professional cleanings performed by our dental hygienist.
We customize cleanings on the basis of your periodontal (gums and bone) health. We use medicated gels along with prescription mouth rinses in problem areas when required. Ultrasonic scalers may be used to make the treatment more comfortable and effective.
Children and adults with insufficient fluoride levels could be at a greater risk of dental decay. Fluoride is traditionally found in water, but some patients require additional fluoride in order to keep their levels high.
For those who do require more fluoride, we offer mouthwashes and professionally applied gels and varnishes. These are administered onto the teeth and/or gums to boost the fluoride levels in your teeth.
Sealants can be used as part of a child’s preventive dental care. Many children and teens struggle to reach the chewing surfaces of their molars (back teeth) when brushing. This results in food and debris becoming trapped, which could lead to tooth decay. With dental sealants, the chewing surfaces are covered to prevent any particles from getting in.
Sealants are thin resin coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars and are fitted in three easy steps:
1. We clean the tooth with a special paste.
2. A special cleansing liquid is rubbed gently on the tooth and is washed off.
3. Finally, the sealant is painted on the tooth. It takes about a minute for the sealant to form a protective shield.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD) refers to the acute or chronic inflammation of the joint connecting your jaw to your skull. TMJ/TMD can cause pain in the jaw, neck, head, or shoulders. Common symptoms include headaches, bite problems, popping or locking of the jaw, and difficulty chewing.
TMJ/TMD can be treated using specific medication, retainers, nightguards, bite guards, restorative dentistry, or through adjustments to your bite. If you are experiencing any of these common symptoms then please contact us today.
‘‘I've been going to Aesthetica for a few years now, and the experience is always consistent. The staff are friendly and do their best to educate, cajole, and help you improve your teeth and gums. ’’
Cara W. (Aesthetica Patient)
Oral Health Starts With Your Gums
Maintaining healthy gums provides a solid foundation for your overall well-being.
Our accomplished Seattle dentists understand the vital role healthy gums play in the well-being of your entire body. With this in mind, we are proud to offer three effective periodontal (gum) services.
Your caring dentist examines your teeth for any signs of gum disease, such as swelling, redness, or bleeding.
If gum disease exists, we’ll perform cleaning, scaling, or root planing, depending on the severity of the infection.
Oral DNA Testing for Periodontal Disease
To help with accuracy of diagnosis, we take a sample of your saliva and test it for gum disease using modern oral screening technology.