Family Dental of Spokane Valley handles dental problems both big and small. Our Spokane Valley, WA dentist Dr. Craig Ellsworth and his team knows that every general dentistry service is important for you and your family. Whether you need a dental implant to replace a lost tooth, or Invisalign to straighten your self-conscious teenager’s smile, or an athletic mouthguard for your sports-loving son, we’ve got you covered!
Call our Spokane Valley, WA dentist Dr. Craig Ellsworth at 509-850-3217 to explore our extensive range of general dentistry services! We’ve highlighted a few of them below.
Dental Exams and Teeth Cleanings
Good dental health starts with dental exams and teeth cleaning services. A thorough exam is the best way to catch decay in its earliest stages and to detect other issues that can damage your family’s teeth.
We encourage you to bring in your child for the first dental exam at our Spokane Valley, WA dentist office before he or she enrolls in kindergarten. Then schedule them for exams every six months. Teeth cleaning helps eliminate harmful bacteria, which can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems.
If you or your child is a little nervous about sitting in the patient chair, we are good at relieving dental anxiety.
Gum Disease Treatment
Without healthy gums, it is hard to have a healthy smile. While decay gets blamed for many dental ills, gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss.
Teeth cleaning sometimes cannot remove bacteria that gets trapped between your teeth and gums. When that happens, gum disease can occur. Dr. Ellsworth uses a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing to combat gum disease.
In the two-part treatment, he:
- Uses dental tools to remove plaque and tartar above and below your gumline
- Smoothes your tooth roots so harmful bacteria can’t grow there and so your gums more readily attach to your teeth
To make the treatment even more effective, Dr. Craig Ellsworth can place a time-released antibiotic called Arestin® under your gumline. It continues to fight the bacteria after your scaling and root planing treatment, reducing the likelihood that gum disease will return.
You want your young athletes to play hard, but you worry about the dental damage that can result from getting hit in the mouth with an elbow or ball. Dr. Craig Ellsworth can fit your competitors for athletic mouthguards that will be custom created for them.
Dry Mouth and Halitosis
Dry mouth is a condition that causes not only discomfort but embarrassment as well. A shortage of saliva allows dead cells to accumulate in your mouth, which often results in bad breath (halitosis). Dr. Craig Ellsworth can advise you on good dental hygiene to prevent dry mouth. He can also treat underlying conditions that can cause bad breath, like gum disease.
To find out how our general dentistry services can improve the dental health of your whole family, call Family Dental of Spokane Valley at 509-850-3217 or use our convenient online form to schedule your appointments at our Spokane Valley, WA dentist office.