Dr. Mary Lewis and her team of dental health professionals at VB Cosmetic Dentistry are dedicated to bringing your best smile forward. We’re a full-service dental practice, offering you a variety of treatments from all areas of dentistry. Restorative treatments, such as dental implants, can help if you’re missing some teeth. Cosmetic treatments, such as bonding and veneers, can improve on what nature gave you, or return your smile to its former attractiveness after staining, breakage, or other “wear-and-tear” on your teeth.
General dentistry is also an important part of what we do. To maintain your smile, you need regular professional cleanings and other preventive care. As a dentist in Virginia Beach, Dr. Lewis is dedicated to using her expertise with the most advanced modern technology to help patients keep their teeth and gums healthy, so they never have to experience the loss of teeth or gum disease. Here are a few of the preventive options Dr. Lewis offers to her patients at each check-up appointment.
While a good home hygiene routine is important to keep your teeth and gums healthy, it’s impossible to remove all of the plaque from your mouth by brushing and flossing. Bacteria build up below the gumline, where you can’t reach. And it only takes 24 hours for plaque to harden into tartar, which normal brushing and flossing can’t remove even if you can reach them. When plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, they damage the enamel, which causes cavities. When these substances remain at the gumline, they cause inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious problems.
That’s why it’s so important to visit your dentist’s office at least twice a year for professional cleanings. Our highly-trained hygienists use technologically-advanced professional instruments that get rid of plaque and tartar that you can’t remove at home, keeping your teeth and gums healthy. They can also remove surface stains through cleaning, brightening your smile.
At each visit, your dentist in Virginia Beach will also examine your mouth to determine whether you have any problems with your teeth, gums, or other tissues. If she discovers any issues, she’ll offer a treatment plan that can get you back to oral health. Having these exams regularly ensures that problems are caught early, while they’re more likely to be treatable.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer is more common among those who smoke, drink alcohol, have infections with certain viruses, or are regularly exposed to sunlight without sunscreen protection for the lips. However, no one is completely immune to oral cancer. Unfortunately, this type of cancer is often caught late, when it’s much harder to treat. Dr. Lewis checks carefully for oral cancer at every appointment, giving you peace of mind (if she doesn’t find any possible signs of cancer) or the ability to treat it early (if she does find something).
During each regular dental check up, Dr. Lewis will examine your entire mouth, searching for a flat, painless, white or red spot or small sore. Other signs of oral cancer can include:
- A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal.
- A color change of the oral tissues.
- A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust, or small, eroded area.
- Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips.
Two tests can determine if a trouble spot is cancerous. A brush biopsy is a painless test performed on areas that look harmless or do not have a clear cause. This test can detect potentially dangerous cells in the early stages of the disease. A scalpel biopsy, which requires local anesthesia, is usually performed on more suspicious areas.
Gum Disease Therapy
Gum disease is caused by bacteria infecting the gums. This causes inflammation, and if left untreated, damages the bone and the ligaments that hold the teeth in place. This can lead to the loss of teeth; gum disease is actually the most common cause of tooth loss in older adults.
If you have any signs of gum disease, we offer comprehensive periodontal therapy. This is a deep cleaning of your teeth below the gumline, designed to remove as much of the bacterial infection as possible. The deep cleaning may need to be repeated until the gum disease is under control; it’s worth it to keep your teeth. For some patients, we also use a diode laser to remove some of the periodontal infection and encourage the gums to reattach to the teeth.
Virginia Beach Dental Care
If you’re searching for a dentist in Virginia Beach, Dr. Mary Lewis is a highly-rated professional who is loved by patients for her warm, friendly manner. This reputation, combined with the most advanced technologies, make Dr. Lewis a top choice for dentistry in Virginia Beach. To book your consultation with Dr. Lewis, please call our office, (757) 631-9200.