A cleaning and oral exam every six months is the cornerstone of preventive care. By seeing you for regular appointments, Dr. Lana Waibel can track any changes in your oral health, and ensure that you are not at risk of developing common conditions, like tooth decay or gum disease.
Our friendly, gentle hygienists will make sure you feel comfortable throughout your cleaning. We’ll use the latest technology and x-rays to look below the surface, and make sure your mouth is completely healthy. In addition, bi-annual teeth cleanings help remove plaque, tartar and surface stains from your teeth that can’t be removed with regular brushing and flossing alone. At Waibel Dental, we offer preventive dentistry services for patients throughout Lower Gwynedd, Blue Bell, and Ambler to keep smiles healthy, strong, bright, and beautiful.
What To Expect
45 min – 1.5 hours
Fluoride treatments can be applied after teeth cleanings at Waibel Dental. Dr. Waibel will apply a fluoride-rich gel to your teeth, which will help remineralize and strengthen your enamel, as well as also reduce sensitivity. It can even reverse the effects of minor tooth decay and ensure that your smile remains strong and healthy. Fluoride treatments are often recommended for kids, but are appropriate for patients of all ages.
Dental sealants are the best way to prevent tooth decay in the cavity-prone molars. Dr. Waibel will apply a clear liquid resin to your teeth, and then harden it with a UV light. This creates a transparent barrier that protects the surface of your teeth from contact with damaging oral bacteria and acid, preventing the formation of cavities.
Genetics plays a huge role in gum disease. Some patients can be genetically more prone to it while others are not. Although you can’t control your genes, you can make choices that will improve your oral health and lessen your risk for the disease. Proper brushing and flossing habits, eliminating tobacco use, sticking to a low-sugar diet, and controlling or preventing diabetes can put you in a better position to avoid gum disease.
Some common signs of periodontal disease include:
- Bleeding when brushing and flossing
- Persistent bad breath
- Red, puffy, inflamed gums
- Triangle-shaped gaps between your teeth
After periodontal disease is diagnosed, we recommend splitting the non-surgical periodontal therapy into two appointments. We will use local anesthesia (lidocaine) to numb the area so the procedure is absolutely painless from start to finish. After the deep cleaning is complete, our expert hygiene team will provide you with thorough home care instructions to keep you gums healthy. We will continue to monitor your periodontal status closely to make sure you are on the path to total health.
As part of every comprehensive oral exam at Waibel Dental, we provide oral cancer screenings. Dr. Waibel will take a look at your mouth and look for bumps, lesions, and other irregularities that may indicate the presence of cancer. Regular screenings give you peace of mind, and ensure that you can get the help you need in the rare event that we notice an issue.
What To Expect
1 - 2 Appointments
Did you know that orthodontic treatment can make it easier to clean between your teeth? Straight teeth can be brushed and flossed more effectively, which helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay. If you’d like to straighten your smile, schedule an orthodontic consultation at our office now.
At Nova Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Lana Waibel practices conservative dentistry. This means she will always look for ways to preserve and restore your natural teeth before she recommends extractions. However, there are some situations in which it may not be possible to save a tooth.
If this is the case, Dr. Waibel can assist you with gentle, expert tooth extractions in Ambler. She can remove your tooth, ensure your mouth heals properly, and prevent further complications, pain, and discomfort. Contact us now to get started.
There are a few different reasons that one or more of your teeth may need to be extracted. Wisdom tooth extractions are quite common. The wisdom teeth come into the mouth between the age of 17-25. They are a natural part of the mouth, but some patients may not have room for them, which can cause a variety of complications like tooth crowding or a higher risk of tooth infections. If this is the case, extraction is usually recommended.
Tooth extractions are also used to pull damaged teeth that can’t be saved with alternative treatments. This may happen due to dental injuries, as well as chronic oral health issues like cavities, infected teeth, and gum disease. In some situations, extracting and replacing the tooth is the only option.
Finally, extractions are sometimes used to prepare for other dental treatments. Full dentures, for example, require you to have all of your remaining teeth pulled before your smile can be restored.
The tooth extraction process will not hurt at all. Your mouth will be completely numb throughout the process, and we offer dental sedation at Nova Cosmetic Dentistry to keep you feeling safe and comfortable.
Your extraction site will cause some pain and discomfort after your numbing and sedation wear off, though. Follow Dr. Waibel’s instructions to ensure you heal properly, and to minimize this discomfort.
Unless you’ve had a wisdom tooth extracted, you should replace your extracted tooth. Tooth loss can cause complications like teeth shifting, difficulties eating and speaking properly, and poor self-esteem, particularly if you’ve lost a front tooth.
By replacing your missing tooth with a partial denture, a dental bridge, or a dental implant, you can restore your oral health and your self-confidence. Dr. Lana Waibel can discuss all of your options for tooth replacement during your consultation at Nova Cosmetic Dentistry.
It will take a few days for the pain, discomfort, and other side effects of your extraction to subside. You’ll feel a significant improvement within a week, and your mouth will usually be fully healed within 2 weeks.
During this time, you will need to take certain steps to protect your extraction site as you heal, such as eating a diet of soft foods, avoiding exercise for a few days, and avoiding smoking. Dr. Waibel will give you a full set of instructions to follow as you recover, so follow them closely.