Preventive & General Dentistry in Mankato
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During a typical exam, your dentist will discuss your medical history and any concerns you may have. Next, he will examine your mouth and may prescribe digital x-rays. Once completed, Dr. Pooley will discuss his findings and may recommend a cleaning with our dental hygienists.
If further treatment is required, we create a custom-made treatment plan and discuss your financial options.
Gum disease is diagnosed through a process that measures the depth of the pockets around each tooth. Pockets greater than 3 millimeters in depth are considered unhealthy and will generally require treatment. Dr. Pooley or our dental hygienists carefully remove any plaque or bacteria and clean your teeth and gums. Regular six-month visits allow us to prevent gum disease by keeping your teeth free of harmful bacteria and your gums clean.
If gum disease is left untreated it can lead to overall health risks such as heart disease, respiratory infections, and more.
Dr. Pooley also offers a practical treatment using sealants. A sealant is a clear or white plastic material that is applied to the pits and fissures (depressions and grooves) of the chewing surfaces of permanent back teeth (premolars and molars), where decay occurs most often. These areas are difficult to keep clean as toothbrush bristles do not reach into them. The sealant forms a thin covering that keeps plaque and food out and decreases the risk of tooth decay. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface should be protected from decay.
You will be given post-operative instructions before you leave, explaining how to control bleeding, relieve pain, minimize swelling, and prevent dry socket… This text opens the Colgate Dry Socket page in a new tab ….
It is often recommended to replace an extracted tooth to preserve the jawbone and stabilize your bite. There are a variety of options for tooth replacement. Some of these options include placing a bridge or dental implant or using a removable prosthesis, such as a partial denture.
My appointment today went very well. Everything from start to finish was explained thoroughly, and I had a good understanding of what was going to happen today and at my next appointment. My exam was done efficiently and with next to no pain. Very pleased with the care I received today.
Katie M. (Actual Patient)
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Fluoride is found in city water and is essential to help prevent tooth decay and keep your teeth healthy. On occasion, patients (especially children) may lack sufficient fluoride reserves and are thus at greater risk for cavities. If this is the case, Dr. Pooley can provide a professionally applied fluoride treatment. This consists of special gel being placed onto the teeth to boost the fluoride levels.
Our team can also provide some helpful advice on maintaining your family’s fluoride levels, including:
- Ensuring children drink plenty of water throughout the day
- Older children brushing with fluoridated toothpaste
- Fluoride rinses
- Regular six-month dental appointments
If you have further questions about the use of fluoride, please speak to a member of our team.
The custom mouth guard helps prevent broken teeth, injuries to the lips and face, jaw fractures, and concussions. These mouth guards are durable, stay in place well, are easy to breathe with and can even be made for a child wearing braces.
Our mouth guards are produced in association with Under Armour.