Los Gatos Preventive Dentistry
Prevention is a crucial cornerstone of dentistry. After all, it’s much easier to stop a problem before it’s had the chance to start. Here at Los Gatos Dental Group, our team provides comprehensive exams, revitalizing cleanings, and other services designed to protect and strengthen oral health. Early detection and minimally invasive treatments are key to providing excellent preventive dentistry. The healthiest teeth are those that have never been drilled and filled, but if you do happen to develop a cavity it is important that the cavity is treated when it is small and in the early stages of development. Large cavities lead to large fillings which lead to cracks, crowns, root canals, and extractions. We utilize many types of early detection systems and preventive treatments to help you avoid this downward spiral. We hope that, with our help, you enjoy a great smile for many years to come!
Please contact our Los Gatos, CA practice today if you have any questions about our office or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sawyer, Dr. Diercks, or Dr. Karamardian. We also welcome people from the surrounding areas of Cupertino, San Jose, Campbell, Saratoga, and beyond.
Your First Visit
Our team is looking forward to meeting you! During your first appointment at Los Gatos Dental Group, our goal will be to introduce you to our state-of-the-art facility, as well as learn everything we can about you and your unique smile. Here are the steps we’ll take:
- One of our team members will take you on a tour of the practice, taking care to point out all of our advanced technology, the sterilization area, continuing education room, consultation room, that wall filled with kind words from people, and of course, the restrooms. We hope to help you feel familiarized and right at home very soon.
- Digital panoramic X-rays and other images are captured, so our team can fully view your oral health needs. This process is smooth, quick, and safe – in fact, digital X-ray systems emit up to 90% less radiation than their traditional alternatives. Intra-oral pictures of your teeth are taken using a small camera which goes into the mouth.
- One of our doctors will arrive at this point, introduce themselves, and begin your comprehensive exam, which includes an oral cancer screening using VELscope, microscopic periodontal screening, a review of your bite, and a thorough tooth-by-tooth evaluation.
- Our team will then review the results. If the needed treatment is simple enough, we can take you directly into the consultation room and discuss your options, as well as any financial guidance you need. If the situation is more complex, we can schedule an additional consultation appointment.
Checkups & Cleanings
The truth is, even people who diligently care for their smiles at home fall victim to dental problems that go unnoticed. That’s why attending regular appointments at our Los Gatos, CA practice is so important! We generally recommend scheduling two checkups and cleanings a year. People with gum disease or those who are at high cavity risk may benefit from more frequent visits.
When providing checkups, our doctors and team members take care to be as thorough and precise as possible. We want to create a full picture of your oral health and any potential areas of concern, even if they’re at the earliest stages. This allows us to work with you and create a personalized plan of action that meets your dental needs and exceeds your wildest expectations. Additionally, an in-depth cleaning from one of our talented hygienists will remove dangerous plaque and tartar from your smile, leaving it nicely refreshed.
The most common cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease (gum disease), a common and dangerous health condition that can develop quietly and painlessly. At Los Gatos Dental Group, we take every precaution to diagnose these cases as early as possible. The correlation between periodontal disease and things like stroke, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and adverse pregnancy outcomes is well documented and the list of diseases linked to gum disease grows every year. If caught early, professional cleanings may be enough to reverse any ill effects, while moderate to severe cases require more involved care. We offer several therapy options including an in-depth cleaning known as root scaling and planing, antibiotic therapy, and treatment with our state-of-the-art soft tissue laser.