General/Preventative

PROFESSIONAL CLEANINGS
The first step towards a terrific smile begins with professional cleanings.

Also known as prophylaxis, a teeth cleaning procedure by Dr. Rotroff’s licensed dental hygienists removes tartar and other buildup in those hard-to-reach areas of your teeth. Our professional cleanings use the latest technology in tooth scaling and tooth polishing with devices that loosen and remove even the toughest tooth deposits.

Although no amount of cleanings can replace regular dental care, including twice-daily brushing and flossing, visiting Dr. Rotroff’s highly trained hygiene staff twice a year will help you keep and maintain a brilliant, eye-catching smile as well as healthy gums and teeth.


PATIENT EDUCATION
Just as regular cleanings form the foundation of a successful dental health strategy, continuing education strengthens that foundation. Dr. Rotroff’s trained staff offers detailed oral hygiene that serves as a front-line defense against the onset of cavities and as a guide to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Our hygiene professionals share the best and latest methods in brushing and flossing. But education doesn’t stop with your initial visit. We’ll continue to analyze and assess patient progress every step of the way. You can be confident knowing you’re armed with proper dental-care methods. Education includes flossing and brushing instruction, use of fluoride products, proper dental nutrition and, of course, smoking-cessation tips, if necessary.


SCALING AND ROOT PLANNING 
Did you know?

  • As many as 75% of adults will be victimized by gum disease.
  • Four out of 5 people develop early-stage periodontal disease without even knowing it.
  • Men are more likely to have gum disease than women.
  • People usually don't show signs of gum disease until they are in their 30s or 40s.
  • Although teenagers rarely develop periodontitis, they can develop gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease.
  • Gum disease develops when plaque is allowed to build up along and under the gum line.

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing.
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums.
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth.
  • Receding gums.
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums.
  • Loose or shifting teeth.
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down, or in the fit of partial dentures.

Without a doubt, treatment of periodontal and gum disease is one of the most vital aspects of proper dental care. Dr. Rotroff’s staff uses the most advance techniques in periodontal healthcare, including scaling and root planing.

Scaling and root planning are two types of conventional periodontal therapy.

Periodontal scaling removes plaque, calculus (handle dental tartar) and stains from the top layers of the teeth while root planing involves scaling the root of the tooth, made up of cementum (a substance covering the tooth’s root). Cementum is softer than enamel, and therefore more susceptible to inflammation and build-up. Keeping cementum smooth keeps tartar-causing bacteria from forming in the root area. By scheduling and maintaining regular periodontal therapy visits, your teeth will not only look better but they feel better, too.


ORAL CANCER SCREENING
Surprisingly, oral cancer has a higher risk factor than Hodgkin’s lymphoma, testicular cancer and even skin cancer.

Consider these facts:

  • Oral cancer causes more than 8,000 deaths, killing one person per hour every day.
  • Around 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year.
  • Of those 36,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years.
  • Worldwide more than 640,000 new cases of oral cancer are found each year (source: Oral Cancer Foundation).

Needless to say, Dr. Rotroff takes oral cancer screening very seriously. A screening attempts to locate possible lesions, including abnormal white or red patches of cells.

These lesions on the mucous membranes may become cancerous. Higher-risk areas of the mouth are also examined including the soft palate, floor of the mouth and the front and sides of the tongue. (source: National Cancer Institute).


DIGITAL X-RAYS
When it comes to dental health, who wants to wait in an exam chair for time-consuming X-ray film to develop? Digital X-rays do not image to film but to a flat, electronic sensor instead. When X-rays strike the sensor, an image is immediately uploaded to an imaging computer. No more film! The image can then be stored on a computer or printed. Digital X-rays provide a more accurate view of your teeth and can be easily compared to past X-ray images. Since digital X-rays are so accurate, often fewer “snapshots” are required. Just one more way Dr. Rotroff uses the latest in dentistry technology to make your experience better and more comfortable.


DIAGNOdent
An amazing advance in dental technology, DIAGNOdent offers a more accurate method in tooth decay detection.

With a 90% accuracy rating, DIAGNOdent technology, a dental professional can locate and analyze the presence of tooth decay without having to use more invasive exploratory methods, saving time and added discomfort. Ask us about DIAGNOdent today.


SOFT TISSUE LASER
Completing tooth and gum-tissue treatments should be as painless and easy as possible. That's why Dr. Rotroff uses cutting-edge, laser technology to make your experience comfortable and effortless. Advantages of the Soft Tissue Laser include:

  • Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures (stitches).
  • Certain laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia.
  • Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding because the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, thus inhibiting blood loss.
  • Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on.
  • Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized.
  • Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated. 

For more details or questions about any of the services offered by Dr. Rotroff, please call 954.928.1666.