Preventive Treatment

preventive treatmentHealthy teeth and gums start with a regular preventive routine. Brushing and flossing at home helps patients to maintain their oral health in between professional cleanings, but it is impossible to remove all calculus and bacteria with brushing and flossing alone. That is why professional dental cleanings and exams are essential to maintaining oral health and wellness. 

Comprehensive Oral Examinations 

Olga Frey, DMD, will perform a comprehensive exam of each patient’s teeth and gums in order to identify any potential oral conditions. When common oral conditions, such as decay and periodontal disease, are detected in their early stages, treatment is often less invasive and less expensive.

She will also perform a life-saving oral cancer screening to rule out any cancerous or pre-cancerous lesions. Early diagnosis of this deadly cancer dramatically increases survival rates. Dentists receive specialized training to help identify abnormal lesions and provide the best defense for patients in the fight against oral cancer.

Professional Dental Cleanings

We custom tailor dental cleanings to match our patients’ needs and provide the level of cleaning necessary to best support their oral health. Professional cleanings can range from a simple prophylaxis that removes small amounts of calculus and polishes teeth all the way to advanced periodontal treatment and maintenance that includes the removal of calculus and bacteria from above and below the gum line as well as continued monitoring to avoid re-infection.

Our hygienists, along with Dr. Olga Frey, will recommend a professional dental cleaning appropriate for each patient’s current level of health.

Additional Preventive Treatments

Additional preventive treatments can help protect patients’ teeth from decay.

Dental sealants – Dental sealants are a protective barrier that Dr. Olga Frey will apply to the chewing surface of our patients’ teeth. This protective barrier keeps food and bacteria from the deep grooves of the teeth and helps prevent decay. They are a cost-effective preventive treatment that can last up to five years before they require replacement. 

Fluoride treatments – For patients who suffer from tooth sensitivity or who are more susceptible to decay, fluoride treatments strengthen enamel and protect against the acidic environment caused by bacteria.

Diagnostic Digital Radiography

Digital x-rays are the best way for dentists to diagnose conditions such as decay, bone loss, root fractures, and cysts. Dental x-rays emit only a very low amount of radiation when the image is captured, and the information provided is extremely beneficial to the health of our patients.

Digital radiography allows for immediate access of the diagnostic images. We catalog them for comparison with previous x-rays to monitor the patient for changes in their oral health from year to year.

Call to Schedule a Preventive Exam and Professional Dental Cleaning

We work closely with patients to help them stay healthy and avoid many common dental conditions with quality diagnostic and preventive treatments.

Call our East Providence, RI dental office to schedule an exam with Dr. Olga Frey.