We strive to prevent dental problems before they occur. Please feel free to browse our list of services. If you have a question please do not hesitate to call the office. We will gladly answer any of your questions.
- General Dentistry
- Comprehensive Exams
- Prosthodontics & Endodontics
- Implants & Crowns
- Orthodontics & Braces
- Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
- Sleep Apnea Treatments
- Bonding & Veneers
- Pediatric Dentistry
- Emergency Dental Care
- Teeth Whitening
- Restorative Dentistry
Caries (Cavity) Examination
During this visual examination, Dr. Tucker locates areas of decay both on chewing surfaces and between the teeth. Dr. Tucker uses both a clinical exam and radiographic findings to determine the most conservative treatment plan for your oral needs.
Children and adults should receive this every 6 months. Almost any patient can benefit from this application immediately after your cleaning in our office.
The forces of your bite can sometimes affect the positioning of the jaw and teeth. Through minor polishing of the enamel surfaces or fillings, of the teeth, Dr. Eckhardt can help redistribute and redirect the biting forces. Adjustments to chewing surfaces can often eliminate headaches that occur as a result of irregular biting patterns
Oral Cancer Screening
If you are a tobacco or a smokeless tobacco user, you are in primary danger of oral cancer. More than 8,000 deaths were attributed to oral cancer in the past year. We are committed to the prevention of oral cancer through early detection of precancerous lesions. We provide an oral cancer screening at each preventive care appointment.
Using a measuring instrument, Dr. Tucker will examine your pocket depth between each tooth. Pocket depth is the length between the top of the gum and where the gum attaches itself to the tooth. Pocket depths that extend beyond the normal ranges of good oral health may require surgical or non-surgical therapy (scaling and root planing), an excellent home care regimen on the part of the patient, and/or any additional treatment as indicated by Dr. Eckhardt
Oral hygiene visits are vital to maintaining healthy teeth and surrounding bone. Dr. Eckhardt cleans between teeth and beneath the gums where the tooth brush cannot reach and removes plaque and calculus (tartar) so that gums can remain in proper health.
Scaling and Root Planing
When plaque extends below the gum line, gingivitis can deteriorate into a condition known as periodontitis, which is an inflammation that can erode the ligament and bone beneath your gums, creating deep pockets that foster the growth of destructive bacteria. Treatment may include the use of antibiotics and root planing (deep scaling of the bacteria-filled pockets).
Sealants for Children
We can provide a special sealant for children’s teeth that flows onto their “biting” surface. This can significantly reduce the potential for dental caries in young people.
Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction Examination
TMJ is a condition that afflicts thousands of people. Frequent indicators of TMJ include popping and clicking of the jaw, limited jaw function, pain in the neck, shoulder, and upper back, and pain and pressure in the face and ears. We provide conservative therapies that can eliminate this painful and frustrating problem.
Fluoride is also helpful to adults to reduce the pain and discomfort caused by exposed root surfaces (receding gums). Fluoride eliminates root sensitivity through application of regular fluoride treatments. Our patients have found it helpful to have a series of fluoride treatments, followed by routine fluoride treatments at regularly scheduled appointments, to reduce their sensitivity. Fluoride as a preventive measure is recommended for all adults.