General dentistry is the inclusion of all necessary dental services to maintain a vibrant, healthy smile. Prevention along with diagnosis and treatment of common dental problems are key components to our dentistry practice. For over 35 years, Cooley Smiles has been offering exceptional general dentistry services to patients in Everett, Kenmore, Bellevue, and Seattle, Washington.
Most Important Thing About Teeth
Prevention is the most important aspect of maintaining good oral health. Proper oral care starts at home with twice daily brushing and flossing. However, it is also important to come to our office twice a year for an oral health examination and professional cleaning. This will ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy for years to come.
General Dentistry Procedures
Our primary goal as general dentists is to provide preventative care for you and your family, but with our thorough training and experience in general dentistry, we can treat any oral health problem that you may encounter. Additionally, our dentists have been trained in the art of cosmetic dentistry, giving them the ability to provide you with dental restorations which are both functional and aesthetically beautiful. General dentistry is more than examinations and teeth cleanings. It includes a variety of procedures that are required for maintaining optimal oral health, including the below.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that we surgically embedded into the jawbone. The implant serves as the root component of a prosthetic tooth. Once the implant is in place, it will fuse to the bone during the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration allows the implant to support a restoration against the strongest forces of your bite. For this reason, dental implants are widely considered to be the next best thing to your natural teeth.
Learn more about the benefits of dental implants.
A root canal is a last-ditch effort to save a tooth from extraction. We may recommend a root canal if an infection has spread to the "pulpy" center of the tooth that contains nerve endings and other connective tissues. A tooth that has received root canal treatment typically needs to be capped with a crown.
Discover how a root canal could save a tooth from being extracted.
Why Are Dental Fillings Necessary?
Dental fillings are the best way to restore minor to moderate instances of tooth decay. Most fillings these days consist of a material known as composite resin. Composite resin is an aesthetically-pleasing material that we color-match to the existing shade of your enamel. For this reason, a composite filling is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your tooth.
Learn more about tooth colored dental fillings.
A dental exam is a routine part of the standard care that all children and adults should be getting to maintain the highest state of cleanliness for your teeth. You do not necessarily need to have a problem or discomfort to come in for a dental exam. It is important to keep a regular schedule of examinations, at least once every six months, and our friendly associates at Cooley Smiles are happy to be a part of your dental health.
Learn more about what happens during a dental exam.
Professional teeth cleanings are performed to help you further prevent the development of dental issues such as the build up of plaque and gum disease. With the use of specialized tools, we can remove all buildup from your teeth, including the most stubborn tartar. We can access all areas of your teeth, including those that you might have a hard time reaching at home, helping you to optimize the health of your mouth.
Learn more about professional teeth cleanings.
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
Taking care of your mouth is essential for keeping it clean and healthy. Skipping any part of your oral care routine, even only occasionally, can significantly increase your risk of developing gum disease. If gum disease does occur, Cooley Smiles can help with a deep cleaning.
Read more about scaling and root planing.
Periodontics and Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the tissues that surround and support your teeth, namely your gums, alveolar bone, and connective ligaments. These tissues are immensely important, especially if you want your teeth to last a lifetime. At Cooley Smiles, we can help you keep your periodontal health in pristine condition.
Discover how we help protect and restore the health of your gums.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer comes in many shapes and sizes. That is why it is so important to screen for it every time you come to our office. Catching oral cancer signs early on is the best way to increase your chance of survival. No matter if you are coming in for a routine teeth cleaning or a more serious procedure, we will always screen you for signs of oral cancer to get you immediate treatment if we suspect it.
Read about how we perform oral cancer screenings.
There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. We perform a simple extraction on a tooth that has already erupted above the gumline. We perform a surgical extraction on a tooth that has become impacted, or has yet to erupt, such as wisdom teeth. Extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection and other complications.
Learn more about tooth extractions and when they are necessary.
TMJ - Neuromuscular Dentistry
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), allows us to move our joint forwards, backward, and side-to-side. Any problems that prevent us from using this joint properly are known as TMD or temporomandibular joint disorders. We provide some treatments designed to alleviate any pain or discomfort associated with the TMJ.
Read more about TMJ and the treatments available to help with pain.
If you or a member of your family plays sports, we strongly recommend a mouthguard to protect the teeth and gum tissues. A sports mouthguard is a device that is worn over the teeth to protect from trauma to the face and head. You may also benefit from a mouthguard if you participate in skateboarding, gymnastics, or other types of extreme activity.
Learn more about sports mouthguards.
The Importance of General Dentistry
General dentistry is important for maintaining a healthy, natural smile. Several studies suggest that oral health is directly related to overall systemic health as well. Infections in your mouth, including cavities and decay, have been linked to medical issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and systemic infections.
Making sure you visit our office twice a year for examinations allows us to detect these issues before they become a larger problem. Furthermore, only a professional cleaning from our general dentists can ensure your teeth are as healthy, white, and beautiful as possible.
Everett, WA General Dentists
If you live in or around Everett, Kenmore, Bellevue, or Seattle, Washington, please contact the experienced Everett dentists at Cooley Smiles to schedule an appointment today.