Learn More About Dental Cleanings and Exams by Knowing the Answers to These Commonly Asked Questions

Your dental checkups are vital for your oral health, which is why they are required every six months. If you forget to attend your appointment, your smile could suffer the consequences. Many people skip their appointments because they are nervous or afraid. If you’re one of these people, it’s common to feel this way, but this doesn’t have to be the case. To help you know more about your six-month checkups so you can feel better during your appointment, our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill, is happy to give you the answers to frequently asked questions about dental cleanings and exams.

Why do I need a dental cleaning and exam?

Your dental cleanings and exams can help you prevent dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease. In fact, the cleaning is one of the only treatments that can completely remove tartar from the smile, which is the stubborn and toxic substance that promotes gum disease. If plaque and tartar aren’t removed from your smile on a regular basis, your oral health could be in danger. Your dental exams can also help you by allowing your dentist to detect dental issues at the early stages of development, which can help you avoid intensive dental treatment and extreme pain.

What happens during the appointment?

Your appointment will start with our team taking a series of X-rays of your smile, including the teeth, gums, and underlying bone. Then, we will deeply clean your mouth, which should involve using special tools and techniques to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums, clean the spaces between the teeth, polish the enamel, and nourish the teeth. The second half of your appointment should involve your dentist examining your smile with [hisher] naked eye. At this time, he will look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, enamel erosion, oral cancer, and more. Your dentist will also inspect the dental X-rays to know the condition of your underlying bone and tooth roots. If there is a problem identified, he will recommend the proper treatment and the next necessary steps.

Will treatment hurt?

Your dental cleaning might involve a little bit of pressure and sensitivity (depending on the health and condition of your teeth and gums), but the treatment should not hurt. If you’re nervous and scared, feel free to talk to our dental team and tell us how you feel. If necessary, we can recommend some tricks, techniques, and even sedatives that can help you feel better during your visit.

For more information and details about your six-month checkup in Modesto, California, please feel free to contact Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 549-1721. When you reach out to our office, our dental team will be more than happy to help you. We look forward to your phone call!

Sedation Dentistry Involves a Variety of Options for Your Dental Anxiety

Does going to the dentist make you feel anxious? If you can’t sleep the night before a dental visit, you may be experiencing the effects of dental anxiety, and you are not alone. Dental anxiety is actually a common condition among people who sometimes even put off needed dental treatment because of fears.

At Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California our team certainly understands dental anxiety. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable during your treatment with us and have a positive dental experience to remember. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons people experience anxiety about seeing their dentist and see if you recognize yourself in these scenarios.

Self-consciousness: because you are sitting still while your dental specialist hovers over closely, this can make you feel both self-conscious and vulnerable and consequently, anxious.

Past experience: probably because patients may have had an uncomfortable dental experience in their past, they may associate these unpleasant memories with future dental treatments.

Loss of control: when you sit in the chair it is hard to sit still when you can’t see what is going on and you are nervous about what to expect next. This can certainly leave you feeling anxious.

Pain: having experienced an uncomfortable procedure in the past before modern advances in pain-free dentistry might also leave you fearful of future potentially unpleasant treatment.

Thankfully, Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team in Modesto, California offer a variety of sedation options for our patients using sedative medication based on your needs and preferences. It starts with you letting us know you are anxious so that we can work with you to feel more in control, help you understand your procedure in advance, and allowing us to provide you with the best sedation option to maximize your comfort.

For more information, please call (209) 549-1721 to speak with one of our caring staff members. We look forward to helping you create positive dental experiences!

Have You Considered a Dental Implant for Your Missing Tooth?

If you currently have a missing tooth (or teeth) which makes you self-conscious when you smile, we are happy to help! Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team at Gill Family Dentistry understand how a missing tooth in your smile can affect your self-confidence and make you reluctant to smile.

Fortunately for our patients in Modesto, California, we offer dental implants to restore a missing tooth (or teeth). Dental implants can be used to replace all of your teeth, several teeth or even just one, depending on your needs.

To restore your smile, dental implants are securely planted in the jawbone. To do this, our dentist installs a biocompatible titanium screw into your jawbone where the missing tooth was located. This titanium screw acts as the tooth root by holding your implant in place securely. While the site heals after surgery, the jawbone fuses to the titanium screw.

Once the site is healed and the implant secured, our dentist attaches the tooth to the post. The type of dental restoration will depend on how many teeth are being replaced, so you may receive custom-made complete or partial dentures, a bridge or a crown. No matter what option is used, we strive to make sure that your implant is comfortable and pleasing to blend in with your smile.

At Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California, we encourage you to call (209) 549-1721 to find out more about dental implant restoration or to schedule your next visit with Dr. Amandeep S Gill. Our team is here for you!

The Invisalign® Difference

4 million Invisalign wearers have had their smiles transformed with the Invisalign smile system. With Invisalign® you wear virtually invisible thermoplastic aligners to straighten your smile and align your bite discreetly.

If you utilize the Invisalign system, our dentist will customize a treatment plan for you with your very own aligner trays. You will wear each tray for a few weeks, using calculated pressure to gently guide your teeth to their ideal alignment. Not only are Invisalign® aligners convenient to wear and remove, you can eat and drink and clean your teeth, unlike wearing traditional braces. You can look forward to excellent oral hygiene even while straightening your smile. Wearing traditional braces often don’t accomplish this. To recap:

–Discretion: with our clear aligner system, no one has to know you are straightening your smile.

–Oral Hygiene: with our removable aligners, you can eat and drink what you want, and when it’s time to clean your teeth, you can brush and floss naturally.

–Comfort: our custom aligners are comfortable to wear and won’t irritate your mouth with wires or brackets.

–Visible Goal: with our virtual treatment plan, you can see right from the beginning how your teeth will look after the straightening process is complete.

To experience the Invisalign difference for yourself, we invite you to give our smile transformation team a call today. You can reach our Gill Family Dentistry team in Modesto, California, by calling (209) 549-1721 today. Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team are here to help you achieve the smile want!