While we are always dedicated to spending time determining the right treatment plans for each individual patient, the most important aspect of any dental care plan is committing to regular, preventive checkups with the team at Painted Skies Dental Center. Drs. Ramon and Natalie Ortiz work hard to help patients maintain their optimal level of oral health, recommending treatments to prevent common oral health concerns as well as diagnosing and treating others in their earliest stages. Contact our dental office to find out more or schedule an appointment with our team today for general and prevnetive dentistry in Las Cruces, NM.
Possibly the most important part of any oral health treatment plan is visiting the dentist at least two times each year for preventive dental checkups and teeth cleanings. These visits give our dentists and team the opportunity to evaluate patients’ current oral health, answer questions, make recommendations for improvements to at-home hygiene routines, and create a personalized treatment plan for each patient. Six-month checkups at our dental office include four main parts:
While temporomandibular joint dysfunction, sometimes referred to simply as TMJ or TMD, and bruxism typically have very different causes and side effects, both oral health issues can be treated with custom crafted oral appliances from our team. Many patients who struggle with TMJ dysfunction experience a great deal of strain to these joints while they’re asleep and unable to alter their clenching or jaw movement to prevent damage to the TMJ. Oral appliances position the jaw in its ideal location relieving strain on the connective TMJ and allowing patients to rest comfortably throughout the night. Many patients with mild to moderate TMD experience significant pain relief after just a few nights wearing their oral appliance. Patients who grind and clench their teeth at night can do significant damage. A nightguard, in addition to allowing the jaw to relax minimizing grinding and clenching, places a protective barrier between patients’ teeth.
Dental sealants are one of the safest, fastest, most effective methods of protecting teeth from decay. We frequently recommend dental sealants for younger patients who are still learning to care for their smiles, but adults who suffer from frequent tooth decay may also want to consider dental sealants. This thin coating of clear plastic can be quickly placed as part of any regular hygiene appointment, and with proper care, sealants last up to ten years.
We love treating whole families in our state-of-the-art dental office, and we work hard to ensure every patient we treat is comfortable and relaxed. When it comes to caring for kids, we know there are a number of unique oral health and behavioral challenges we’ll need to tackle, and both Drs. Ortiz have years of experience working with young patients to develop happy, healthy smiles and keep them for life. Our main priority is to ensure your child’s oral health, but we also want to build trust with your little ones so they have positive associations with dental care throughout their lives.
Strong, healthy tooth enamel is the best way to keep teeth whole and avoid decay and other dental damage. As teeth develop, ingested fluoride in drinking water and foods helps to fortify tooth enamel leading to strong teeth. However, once they erupt from the gum line, ingested fluoride does very little to keep them healthy. Topical fluoride in toothpastes and mouthwashes is typically effective in keeping smiles healthy, but for those patients with weakened enamel, sensitive teeth, or who are prone to decay, professional topical fluoride treatment may be beneficial.
Protecting patients’ smiles during sporting events is simple. As long as patients wear a mouthguard while participating in athletic events where their teeth may come in contact with other players, hard surfaces, or sporting equipment, they are typically able to prevent any dental trauma or damage that may occur. Our custom crafted sportsguards offer superior comfort and protection increasing patient compliance compared with bulky store-bought guards.
Dental emergencies can be stressful and painful, but for many patients, the worst thing about a dental emergency is simply not knowing where to turn for help. Unlike medical emergencies, there’s not typically a dental ER or 911. At Painted Skies Dental Center, we’re happy to help patients who experience dental emergencies. Start by calling our dental office right away. Whenever possible, we’ll schedule same-day appointments, and our knowledgeable team always takes time to walk patients through first aid and pain management tips to ensure their comfort and safety until they reach our dental office. Some of the most common dental emergencies we treat include: