Comprehensive Dental Examinations
In order to remain in good oral health, routine dental exams should be scheduled with your general dentist. These examinations are the best way to prevent serious dental illnesses, such as gum disease, tooth loss and tooth decay. Catching one of these conditions early on can make a big difference when it comes to treatment.
Dr. Langer, DDS, a leading general dentist in Brooklyn provides comprehensive dental exams to his patients. These exams include the following:
- Vital Sign Reading - Typically used as a precaution, Dr. Langer will measure your pulse, respiration rate, and blood pressure.
- Full Mouth Series/Panoramic - These images help to provide Dr. Langer with a complete view of all your oral topography and all the structures within your mouth.
- Dental Impression Analysis - These 3-D dental impressions show Dr. Langer how well your teeth fit together, allowing him to detect any alignment irregularities that may need correction.
- Periodontal Screening - Gum health is extremely important to the survival of your teeth. Dr. Langer uses these screenings to diagnose gum diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
- Oral Cancer Screening – Most general dentists also screen your teeth and mouth for signs of oral cancer. Dr. Langer will search for any growths or abnormalities in your mouth. Sores that bleed continuously or do not heal could be indications of oral cancer.
- TMJ Screening - T Dr. Langer can also perform TMJ examinations to make sure your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is in good health. This joint is located where the skull and lower jaw connect near your ear. Patients with TMJ disorders generally experience pain in the face or jaw area, headaches, earaches, and popping sounds in the jaw while chewing.
Dental cleanings are standard with most regular visits. During these appointments, Dr. Langer will remove tartar and plaque from the surface of the teeth. If left untreated, it could cause decay, inflammation or disease. Once the plaque is removed, Dr. Langer will polish the teeth with a special substance to remove stains and keep the tooth’s natural enamel from wearing down. Dental cleanings are extremely important to keep your teeth clean and prevent cavities.
Treatment for Dental Caries/Cavities
A root canal Dental caries, more commonly known as cavities, are caused by tooth decay in the mouth. Tooth decay wears down the natural enamel and can infiltrate the inside of the tooth, called the dentin. While most cavities remain on the surface, some can go deeper inside the tooth. Depending on the damage, there are a couple of treatments Dr. Langer might suggest:
- Dental Fillings - Fillings are the most common type of restorative dental treatments. Fillings seal the tooth where the decay once penetrated, and help to even out the surface of the remaining tooth.
- Dental Crowns - For patients with severe decay, dental crowns might be used to cover the previously damaged portion of the tooth. They can also provide support to large fillings. Crowns look and feel like natural teeth and are barely noticeable. They are also typically used to treat root canals or patients suffering from bruxism.
Treating Bruxism and Clenching
Bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching, is a serious dental condition, which often occurs during sleep. Bruxism can lead to cracked or damaged teeth, jaw or facial pain, and flattened teeth. This can be treated with custom-made mouth guards and other dental appliances, which help prevent grinding during the night. However, patients that think they might be suffering from bruxism should seek help immediately. Often times, the effects of this condition require dental restorations.
Dr. Langer also treats a variety of other conditions as a leading general dentist in Brooklyn. Please explore our other pages, schedule an examination, or call us today to speak about the following topics:
- Root canal treatment
- Dental extractions
- Halitosis or "bad breath"
- Emergency oral or facial lacerations
- Tooth luxation or avulsion