At Stambaugh Family Dental, we believe in educating our patients on the importance of preventive care when it comes to their oral health. Our goal is to keep complex treatments to a minimum by identifying dental issues while they are still small. Coming to our Springfield and Eugene area dental office every six months provides Dr. Dan Stambaugh with an opportunity to monitor teeth and gums.
Good preventive care also means you can avoid most dental emergencies, such as root canal therapy.
Seeing Dr. Stambaugh and his team twice a year enables Dr. Stambaugh to perform the following:
- A tooth-by-tooth exam to identify problem areas, including fractures, cracks, and undue wear, and to check the integrity of existing dental restorations
- A check of gum tissue to ensure gums are healthy and no infection is present
- An oral cancer screening
- Digital x-rays so he can see what might be lurking below the surface of the teeth and gums
He always leaves plenty of time in the schedule to go over any questions you might have or to discuss treatment recommendations to ensure you fully understand and can make informed decisions.
If you are diligent about home care, you might wonder why a professional teeth cleaning is necessary. Even those who brush after meals and floss before bed are still likely to develop plaque that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. This plaque, which is a buildup of bacteria along the gumline and between teeth, hardens into a substance called tartar. When it is not removed, it is one of the primary causes of gum disease.
With a professional dental cleaning, our hygienist will use special dental tools to rid your mouth of tartar, then polish your teeth to remove surface stains. This procedure is a crucial part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
For most of our patients, we recommend diagnostic x-rays once per year. Although Dr. Stambaugh conducts a thorough examination visually, problems can lurk beneath the surface. A digital x-ray enables him to see even tiny spots of developing tooth decay, damage in the tooth surface, gum disease, and bone loss, and other problems while they are still in treatable range.
X-rays are an essential part of getting a thorough dental examination. Digital x-rays are safer than ever, and they are quicker and more comfortable than traditional x-rays.
We Look Forward to Seeing Your Entire Family
We welcome patients in Springfield and Eugene at our conveniently located dental office. We are visible from Interstate 105 on the corner of Laura and Q. Whether you need a preventive appointment or are experiencing any type of dental issue, we welcome you to Stambaugh Family Dental.