Progressive General Care
In addition to complex cosmetic dentistry procedures available at our practice, Dr. Wayde Fawcett offers a comprehensive array of progressive general dental care treatments. Our options are designed to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, address current dental issues, and prevent future damage. We use a number of state-of-the-art techniques to provide you with the best possible care and excellent results, including a range of procedures that can minimize discomfort and relieve anxiety during treatment.
Please take a look at some of the many options available at our practice, and contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Regular dental cleanings can reduce the chances of developing severe problems with your teeth and gums. We use a self-contained water system and a comprehensive approach to teeth cleanings at the Fawcett Center for Dentistry in order to help you keep decay and gum disease at bay. As with oral exams, dental cleanings should be performed at least twice each year so that you can maintain good oral health for a long time to come.
Injuries to your teeth and gums, severe pain, and other issues may constitute a dental emergency – and our dental team can be of immediate assistance in these cases. We have a support system standing by in the event of a dental emergency that can help if you need urgent dental care. Please call (281) 440-6648 if you feel you are experiencing a dental emergency.
You probably remember regular fluoride rinses you may have been required to take during elementary school. These treatments are just as important today as they were then, offering you a quick and easy way to help prevent cavities and fight tooth decay. We offer oral fluoride rinses here at our practice to provide even greater protection against bacteria along your teeth and gums.
The Fawcett Center for Dentistry has made infection control a top priority of our office. We use disposable materials whenever possible, and our reusable equipment is sterilized for each patient. Our dental team meets or exceeds OSHA standards to ensure all of our patients are treated in a safe and clean environment.
Mercury Free Dentist
Dr. Wayde Fawcett oversees a mercury-free practice here in Houston. We are committed to offering patients the safest treatment possible, as well as reducing the use of materials that may be harmful to the environment. Procedures such as dental fillings used to involve materials containing certain levels of mercury, a substance that has been found to increase health risks. Material containing mercury also required special methods of disposal. We do not use mercury-based materials in any of our treatments at the Fawcett Center for Dentistry.
Oral exams at our office include the latest advances in technology such as Diagnodent™ and intraoral cameras to make your evaluation as comfortable and precise as possible. Your teeth and gums will be thoroughly examined, and if any problems are found, our dental team will recommend a customized treatment plan to help you maintain excellent oral health.
Your oral exam will include an oral cancer screening to make sure you are free of any signs of pre-cancerous or cancerous areas inside your mouth. Early diagnosis and treatment is vital to reduce your risk of life-threatening oral cancer. Oral examinations may also include a screening for TMJ Disorder for patients who are experiencing symptoms of that condition.
Dr. Fawcett recommends at least two oral exams each year to make sure there are no issues and to prevent worse dental problems down the road.
Many patients experience a long period of numbness after treatment due to the effects of a local anesthetic used during the procedure. OraVerse® is designed to reduce the lingering effects of local anesthesia and cut the time you feel numb by about half. This can help you to talk, chew, and smile more quickly after treatment, particularly after procedures where heavy doses of local numbing agents are necessary.
Root Canal Therapy
When the nerve of a tooth becomes infected, root canal treatment can save the tooth from extraction or coming loose. Signs of an infected tooth are heat and cold sensitivity, swelling and pain, or a bad taste in your mouth. Sometimes you may not experience any symptoms at all and not realize that you have a dental problem.
When deep cavities allow germs to get into the pulp chamber of your tooth, an infection develops, ultimately causing the pulp to die. Pus from the infection can eventually build up at the root tip and make a hole in the bone. This is called an abscess. A blow to a tooth may also cause the pulp to die and then become infected. An infected tooth will never heal by itself, and as it gets worse, it will continue to be a source of infection that weakens the immune system, thereby affecting the entire body and exposing you to dangerous health risks. This damage to the bone and the swelling inside the bone can also be excruciatingly painful, and even life-threatening. In the past, an infected tooth was usually extracted, but today, the tooth can be saved with root canal treatment. This procedure cleans out the nerve chamber of the infected tooth and destroys the bacteria. The tooth is then sealed with a durable material and topped with a permanent, custom-designed porcelain crown designed to provide a strong basis of support and protection.
Scaling and Root Planing
Deep scaling and root planing is a very common procedure that removes pockets of bacteria from your gums. This non-surgical treatment is sometimes necessary to reduce tarter deep within the gums and prevent gum disease from getting worse. Once the scaling and root planing portion of the procedure is complete, a Diode Laser can be utilized to seal the gums, help them heal, and reduce discomfort after treatment.
Dental sealants provide a strong layer of protection from the development of cavities and decay on the back teeth. The durable sealant material is placed onto the tooth’s surface to guard against bacteria that can enter into small crevices along the teeth. This procedure is often performed in children to give them years of protection against tooth decay.
Tooth-colored fillings are remarkable advances over their amalgam, metallic-looking predecessors. Designed to mimic the color of your natural teeth, these strong treatments for cavities and tooth decay are more aesthetically pleasing and carry less risks to your health than the mercury fillings of the past. All of our procedures, including tooth-colored filling, are performed using the Wand™, which is an anesthetic delivery system that provides pain free injections and additional patient comfort.
CEREC® One-Visit Restorations
Porcelain dental crowns and other restorative dental treatments can often be completed in a single visit with CEREC® CAD/CAM ceramic restoration technology. This innovative technique allows Dr. Fawcett to create precise, custom-designed, and natural-looking teeth restorations during the same appointment, saving you the trouble of having to wait on the results and returning for a second visit.
Galileos 3D™ Technology
The Galileos 3D™ imaging system is one of the most advanced technologies available for creating a comprehensive picture of your mouth’s anatomy. With 3D scanning of just about every detail inside the mouth, Dr. Fawcett can provide the most accurate and precise treatment possible. Particularly useful in dental implant procedures, the Galileos 3D™ technology provides even greater security that you will attain results that significantly improve both form and function of your teeth.
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For more information on progressive dentistry options available from our practice, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact the Fawcett Center for Dentistry today.