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Cleanings & Checkups
The secret to a bright, healthy smile is actually no secret at all: brush, floss and get a professional dental exam at least once every six months. Professional dental exams are all about prevention – preventing existing problems from getting worse and preventing dental problems from developing in the future. Regular dental exams make it possible to identify and treat a problem in its earliest stage – which is not only good for your oral health but also good for your budget!
There's nothing to fear with a dental exam. Your teeth will be visually examined for signs of plaque, tartar and tooth decay. Your gums will also be examined for puffiness or discoloration, which are signs of gum disease. A full set of dental X-rays may also be taken during your dental exam, to enable your dentist to see below the surfaces of your teeth. Dental exams typically end with a dental cleaning, to remove surface stains and buildup.
No matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar deposits can still build up on your teeth. A professional teeth cleaning is the single most effective way to remove these deposits and prevent them from causing more serious problems in the future. While a traditional teeth cleaning involves manually scraping away these deposits with special dental tools, advances in dental technologies now give you more options for teeth cleanings.
A laser teeth cleaning, also known as an ultrasonic cleaning, is a popular alternative to traditional teeth cleanings. With a laser teeth cleaning, an ultrasonic scaler (rather than a manual probe) is used to remove deposits, kill harmful microbes and eliminate bacteria around the teeth and gums through high-frequency sound waves. Many patients find laser teeth cleanings more comfortable than traditional teeth cleanings because they are quicker, quieter and pain-free.
A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line. Deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, involve a two-part process: first, the stubborn deposits are removed, and then the root surfaces are smoothened. A deep cleaning helps prevent periodontal disease and restores gum tissues to a healthy state.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer affects nearly 35,000 Americans every year. The keys to surviving oral cancer are early detection and early treatment. This starts with a regular oral cancer screening – at least once every six months. An oral cancer screening takes just minutes, is pain-free and can be performed during regular dental exams. If you are male, a regular oral cancer screening is especially critical: Oral cancer is more than twice as common in men as it is in women. Other people at high risk of oral cancer include people over the age of 60, tobacco smokers and heavy drinkers.
If you've been told you need a dental filling, you're not alone: 92% of Americans have had at least one cavity. Dental fillings are the tried-and-true treatment for treating cavities – and they come in a variety of options to suit every need. Dental fillings can be made of silver amalgam, composite, porcelain and even gold. Amalgam fillings have been used by dentists for more than a century and are still the most common and cost-effective type of dental filling. But composite fillings, which are made of a tooth-colored plastic and glass composite, are quickly becoming the preferred dental filling due to their natural appearance and durability. The type of dental filling used is determined by a number of factors, including size and location of the cavity, as well as your budget.
“Having lived throughout the country, I have been a patient at many different dental practices. While all of them had excellent reputations in their respective communities, I can unequivocally state that the care I have received from Dr. Sjoberg and his staff is the best I have ever experienced.
“As a retired CEO, I am highly attuned to the quality of 'customer service' in every transaction. Dr. Sjoberg and his staff are clearly dedicated to providing all of their patients with the ultimate in dental procedures and 'total satisfaction' with the end results.
“From a front office staff that is friendly, efficient and helpful, to 'state-of-the-art' equipment and highly trained assistants, Dr. Sjoberg is attentive to all of the details associated with making a patient's visit to his office a pleasant and rewarding experience.
“Dr. Sjoberg is highly skilled not only in the 'science' of dentistry but in the 'art' as well. He was sensitive to my needs and my budget and worked closely with me to give me the smile I desired.
“I have already recommended Dr. Sjoberg to my family and friends and highly recommend him to anyone seeking dental or orthodontic care in the greater Pleasanton community.”
– Jim DeRose
“I have been a patient of Dr. Sjoberg's for almost 1 year. I chose his office because the location is very close to my home. After just one visit, I was convinced this was going to be my dentist for life. The staff made me welcome and comfortable immediately when I arrived. My hygienist, Kristin is caring and gentle as well as effective, and all the procedures and costs were explained to me completely. I have been horribly afraid of the dentist most of my life, but that is now over! Dr. Sjoberg's approach is caring, concerned and confident. There is no doubt that I would trust him completely with any dental procedures I may need, and I will continue to refer others to his office.”
– Donna J Carlton