At Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we believe healthy smiles are beautiful smiles. Through our wide range of general and preventive dentistry treatments we offer, we can help you prevent serious dental problems from occurring by diagnosing you in their early stages and preventing them altogether. Visiting our Birmingham dentist office every 6 months is the best way to ensure your mouth stays healthy and beautiful!
Dental Exams in Birmingham
Whether you’re a new patient or a returning patient, we want to see you every 6 months for a dental exam as well as a cleaning. If you encounter pain or problems in between these visits, we do recommend you make an appointment to see us as soon as possible. During your bi-yearly exams, we first begin by taking x-rays of your teeth. Your x-rays allow us to see what’s going on inside your teeth that may not be known by just looking with the naked eye. Following your x-rays, Dr. Maniscalco will complete a visual exam of your teeth. He will check your gums, teeth, cheeks and all areas of your mouth for signs of trouble.
The visual exam in combination with x-rays will help Dr. Maniscalco diagnose any problems in your mouth. This can include detecting cavities, decay, gum disease or periodontal disease, signs of bruxism, cracks or chips in your teeth or even oral cancer. He will also inspect any restorations you have in your mouth to see if they need replacing. Over time, fillings, crowns, bridges, or even dentures need to be replaced. After the exam, he will either give you a clean bill of health or let you know of any treatments you need. In addition, he will give you insight into what you can do on your end to improve your dental health.
Dental X-Rays in Birmingham
Dental x-rays are a normal part of any dental visit at our Birmingham dentist office. Although they’re not everyone’s favorite part of the dental exam, they are necessary for ensuring your mouth is healthy. Dental x-rays today are fast, easy, and informative! You don’t need to wait for the film to develop because all the x-rays we take are completely digital. This not only helps save you from an uncomfortably long procedure, it helps your exam go by quicker.
Our digital x-rays capture images that can be magnified up to 25x. This allows us to diagnose dental issues faster and more precise. The x-rays can show us what’s going on throughout your mouth so that we can provide you with more effective treatment. No problems will go unnoticed. Digital x-rays are more environmentally friendly since there is no film that needs to be developed. In addition, they expose you to less radiation than what was the norm before. Dental x-rays are a key component to effective preventive and general dentistry because they allow us to see underlying problems that may not be seen to the naked eye.
Dental Cleanings in Birmingham
Dental cleanings used to be the most dreaded procedure by patients because it used to be an uncomfortable and long treatment. Today, dental cleanings are fast and comfortably performed by your dental hygienist. Our hygienist will polish away stuck on plaque and tartar on your teeth that cannot be removed by brushing alone. They will also floss your teeth and apply fluoride if you request. The purpose of a dental cleaning is to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, otherwise, it can lead to decay and cavities. It might even remove some stains!
The hygienist will also scrape away any remaining plaque and tartar from your teeth for perfect results. After your dental cleaning, you will leave our office with clean looking and feeling smile! Make sure to maintain these results with regular brushing and flossing on your end. Make sure you return to our dentist office in 6 months to keep your teeth clean and cavities away.
Dental Hygiene in Birmingham
When it comes to dental hygiene, this is one of the most important components of preventive and general dentistry. Dental hygiene is simply taking care of your teeth with regular flossing and brushing. It sounds simple, but you would be surprised at the number of patients who neglect these easy tasks. It’s important to not only be consistent with your brushing and flossing but to be doing it correctly.
During your visit to our hygienist, they will show you how to properly brush and floss. In addition, we can give you tips for choosing the right toothbrush, whether that be manual or electric and tips for flossing. If you have any restorations, we will also go over how to properly care for them to keep them and your dental health in great shape!
Following a good dental hygiene routine can help prevent cavities, decay, periodontal disease, and other severe dental problems. Dental problems can actually increase your risk of heart disease and can lead to other problems like poor circulation and increased risk of stroke. Make sure you’re using recommended toothpaste to ensure for a healthy mouth! You can also include a mouthwash into your routine for an even cleaner smile.
Composite Tooth Colored Fillings in Birmingham
You might have seen them in your own smile or those of others, but we do not use amalgam or metal fillings at our Birmingham dental office. We only use composite or tooth-colored fillings. Not only are tooth-colored fillings more attractive, they are stronger and work more effectively at protecting your teeth than metal fillings. Metal fillings may contain mercury which can be potentially dangerous which is why we recommend that patients with metal fillings have them replaced with safe composite fillings. These do not present any harm to your health! In addition, since they are tooth-colored, nobody will even notice them because they match your natural teeth.
If you’re interested in replacing your metal tooth fillings for composite fillings, Dr. Maniscalco is happy to complete the procedure for you. He will simply remove the old fillings, prepare the cavity and then install the new composite filling in its place. This is a completely pain-free procedure that will leave you with a stronger, healthier and more beautiful smile!
Root Canals Endodontist in Birmingham
Root canals may have a bad reputation for being painful procedures, but this is not true. Before your root canal, you may be in a lot of pain, however; the root canal procedure will help resolve this pain. A root canal can ease the pain of your infected tooth and prevent you from needing an extraction. Although we do not complete root canals in-house, we can refer you to a nearby specialist who does.
Periodontist in Birmingham
The branch of dentistry that deals with the health of your gums is known as periodontics. Unhealthy gums can lead to periodontal disease and can result in loose teeth that could eventually fall out. Gum disease is actually quite common and tends to affect most people before they even turn 45 years old. Gum disease is very preventable with proper dental hygiene habits and regular visits to your dentist for cleanings and dental exams. When we notice that your gum health is declining, we may give you a deep cleaning to prevent gingivitis from forming.
With modern dental technology, treatment for periodontal disease does not have to be painful. We use lasers for treatment now which lead to shorter healing times, and less pain. When we notice bacteria forming on your gums, the laser can be used to dive deep into the gum tissue to remove harmful bacteria. This is known as a scaling and root planing aka a deep cleaning. This isn’t always needed if the patient performs proper hygiene habits at home and visits us regularly.