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Preventative Care in Creston, IA

Support Your Oral Health at Buck Family Dentistry

Preventing oral health issues is one of the best ways to maintain your beautiful smile. At Buck Family Dentistry, we understand the importance of preventive dentistry. That's why we offer treatments such as dental cleanings and exams to keep your oral health in prime condition.

Dr. Michael Buck, our family dentist in Creston, IA, provides expert dental care to patients from the Afton, Thayer, and Corning areas. Read our guide below to learn how our experienced dentists can provide your smile with the specialized care it needs to protect it from potential complications in the future.

What is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry treatments stop the development and worsening of conditions like cavities, decay, and infection right in their tracks. When combined with a good oral hygiene routine at home, preventive dental care can help patients maintain good oral health by eliminating plaque in the mouth as well as looking for any underlying issues.

The Importance of Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is necessary for eliminating bacteria in the mouth. If left unaddressed, harmful bacteria can form plaque that can lead to long-term ailments such as periodontal disease. A good dental care routine and regular checkups can keep your mouth healthy and prevent inflammation, infection, decay, and tooth loss that results from poor oral hygiene.

Our Preventive Dentistry Services

Dental Exams & Cleanings

Dental exams allow our dentists to evaluate your current level of dental care. We can also provide suggestions for future care to protect your oral health from cavities and gum disease. With dental examinations, we can also detect certain problems early for swift and efficient treatment. Dr. Buck may perform an X-ray to receive a more detailed summary of your oral health and to more closely identify any problems.

At your routine visit, we’ll also provide a thorough tooth cleaning to remove surface stains. Our hygienists can also remove tartar or calculus, which requires professional dental instruments to effectively clean them from your teeth.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants create a protective barrier between your back molars to protect them against unhealthy bacteria. By “sealing” the deep grooves of your teeth, this dental treatment doesn’t give any space for bacteria to settle in. While this is usually a children’s dental treatment, Dr. Buck can place sealants for patients of all ages, especially if you’re prone to cavities.

Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal (gum) disease affects the soft tissues of your mouth, causing inflamed and bleeding gums. When caught in its early stages, our dentist can easily reverse the effects of gum disease with a deep cleaning. However, if left to progress, it could lead to further complications. We offer scaling and root planing treatments to eliminate gum disease at its source.

Tooth Extractions

While no patient wants to hear they need a tooth extraction, it may be necessary to save your oral health. Dr. Buck may elect to remove teeth that are too damaged or decayed for a non-surgical root canal treatment. Our dentist in Creston will ensure your procedure is as painless as possible. Best of all, we provide a variety of tooth restoration options for your convenience and will discuss your options at your initial consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I visit the dentist?

It’s best to visit our Creston dentist once every six months. However, Dr. Buck may suggest you visit more frequently based on certain factors such as gum disease, cavities, and genetic susceptibility to tooth and root decay. If it’s been more than six months since your last appointment, schedule one today by calling our office at 641-782-4747.

Are preventive dental treatments covered by insurance?

It depends. Most insurance providers cover biannual dental cleanings, exams, and X-rays. Some plans may cover a portion of other preventive treatments. We recommend contacting your dental insurance provider beforehand. You can also visit our financial policy page to learn more about our payment options.

Expert Preventive Care With Our Creston Dentist

Dr. Buck is one of the best-qualified dentists in Creston, IA to handle your preventive care needs. Whether it’s time for your biannual checkup or you need a gum disease treatment, the team at Buck Family Dentistry is here for you. We’ll ensure your experience with us is welcoming and stress-free.

To schedule an appointment, call our office today at 641-782-4747. To book your visit online, fill out our convenient contact form and a member of our team will be with you shortly. We look forward to seeing you in the office!


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