Statistics have shown that an American dies every hour from oral cancer. This rate has not decreased in nearly forty years. It's important to know that a very easy screening can detect any unusual tissue. With early detection, there is a 90% cure rate! We are here to help you stay healthy, and at every six-month appointment and cleaning, we provide this screening at no extra charge to all our new and existing patients.
There are times when a tooth must be removed if damage or infection is too extensive and risks causing more problems. You will be relieved to know that we do most extractions right here in our office. If Dr. May determines that your extraction is better handled by an oral surgeon, he is able to give you a referral to our quality oral surgeons in Roanoke.
Teeth with infected or damaged roots used to be extracted. But it has been shown that extraction should be avoided, if at all possible. Today, there are advanced techniques in root canal therapy that will save a tooth. The process involves removing the interior pulp (nerve) of the tooth and then packing it with a special type of filling. Dr. May is well experienced in this treatment, and along with the use of modern anesthetics, this becomes a very manageable procedure for patients.
Fluctuating blood sugar levels inhibit your body's natural ability to fight off infections including gum disease. Dr. May will help you understand how diabetes effects your oral health as well as helping you to manage the effects. You will receive compassionate and nonjudgmental care to address the problem and keep you healthy.
Teeth show signs of age, wear and tear, just like our bodies.
Fillings may weaken and produce gaps, allowing decay to set in near
the filling. Teeth may have hairline fractures from years of use.
Regular consumption of tobacco and caffeine dull the luster of
healthy-looking teeth. If you take certain medications, the
necessary amount of saliva in the mouth may be diminished.
Regular check-ups are necessary to address and monitor areas of concern. We stress the importance of a healthy diet and proper daily cleaning. If ever you experience bleeding gums or loose teeth, please contact us immediately.
We take all necessary precautions at our practice for your safety and good health. Single-use tools needed for a treatment are used once and then discarded. Other tools are sterilized in an autoclave. This is a special unit designed to clean tools to the highest level. This process is closely monitored to ensure it meets the designated health standards.
If you have questions about any of the services we provide, our dental team is ready to help you. Give us a call at (540) 366-1001.
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