Birmingham, AL Dentist - Preston L. Reynolds, DMD - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry - Hoover, AL Dentist
Our mission is to provide the highest quality of dental care, emphasizing prevention, to help our patients to enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles. We do this by employing thorough diagnostic procedures and utilizing state of the art treatment, all in a caring and compassionate manner.
Causes of Dental Problems
If dental problems were caused only by cavities or dental caries, dental disease would have been cured years ago. We know how to prevent caries through daily hygiene, fluoride, and diet, but the oral structures are more complex than that.
There are three other major causes of dental problems. There are genetic and developmental factors that can leave your teeth more susceptible to dental caries. Previous dental treatment such as fillings, crowns, and root canal therapy may leave weak tooth structure that lead to cracking, breaking and additional decay.
Periodontal disease (pyorrhea) is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. The oral environment contains not only germs that cause caries, but also germs that attack the structures that keep the teeth attached tightly. Early diagnosis and proper treatment is crucial to prevent the support bone from being lost.
The third major source of dental problems is occlusal or bite forces. Very few of us have perfectly balanced bites, even after orthodontic treatment. Uneven bite forces, developmental habits such as nighttime clenching and grinding (bruxism), and TM joint disorder can cause excessive damage to the teeth.
A standard of excellence in personalized dental care enables us to provide the quality dental services our patients deserve. We provide comprehensive treatment planning and use restorative and cosmetic dentistry to achieve your optimal dental health. Should a dental emergency occur, we make every effort to see and care for you as soon as possible.
Education & Prevention
As a practice, we are true believers that preventative care and education are the keys to optimal dental health. We strive to provide “dental health care” vs. “disease care”. That’s why we focus on thorough exams – checking the overall health of your teeth and gums, performing oral cancer exams, and taking x-rays when necessary. We also know that routine cleanings, flossing, sealants, and fluoride are all helpful in preventing dental disease. Not only are we focused on the beauty of your smile, we’re also concerned about your health. A review of your medical history can help us stay informed of your overall health, any new medications, and any illnesses that may impact your dental health.
Infection control in our office is also very important to us. To protect our patients and ourselves, we strictly maintain sterilization and cross contamination processes using standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Make an appointment today…..and enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles!