General & Preventive Dentistry in Columbus, OH
At Creative Smiles, Dr. Eric Buck and his dental team are passionate about helping patients achieve their healthiest smiles and keep them for life. With regular preventive dentistry checkups at our Columbus, OH office two times each year and daily brushing and flossing, most patients experience very few major oral health issues. We want every patient to keep their natural, beautiful smile for life. That all starts when you call our knowledgeable team to schedule your family’s first checkup.
Checkups & Cleanings
The Creative Smiles team works one on one with patients to develop a customized oral health care plan that fits their needs, budget, and smile goals. However, no oral health care plan is complete without twice a year dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings at our practice. In some cases, we may recommend patients visit us more frequently, but at least every six months, we like to check in to make sure patients’ smiles are still whole and healthy. This is the recommended standard of care set forth by the American Dental Association, and combined with daily brushing and flossing, we believe regular checkups are the best way to ensure ongoing oral health. From the eruption of the first tooth or around the first birthday, patients should start visiting our team two times a year. Appointments for infants are extremely short, but they are still important to allow our team to diagnose any developmental concerns in the earliest stages. Checkups at our Columbus, OH office include:
- Diagnostics – we use state of the art Schick digital x-rays and intraoral photography to give the dentist and patients a complete view of their internal and external oral structures
- Examination – we carefully examine patients’ smiles looking for signs of common oral health issues including decay, gum disease, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD), bruxism (teeth grinding), and oral cancer
- Cleaning – our hygienists systematically remove plaque and bacteria from even the most difficult spots, answer questions about at-home hygiene, make recommendations to improve your at-home hygiene method and products, and even demonstrate proper technique (for patients of any age)
- Treatment planning – finally, Dr. Buck sits down with patients to discuss the results of the diagnostics and evaluation, answers questions, and partners with patients to develop a personalized treatment plan in our office and at home that helps patients maintain their healthiest smiles at any age or stage of dental development
Periodontal (gum) disease effects millions of adults in the US every year. Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar builds up at the gum line irritating soft tissue. When caught in the earliest stages, periodontal disease can typically be treated with more frequent oral hygiene appointments. Left untreated, gum disease progresses to the more severe form, periodontitis. We offer a number of treatment options for patients with advanced periodontal disease including comfortable, quick healing scaling and root planing with our Picasso soft tissue laser and Arestin antibiotic therapy.
Digital X-Rays & Intraoral Cameras
While many patients never notice our dental technologies, two of the technologically advanced treatments that have directly impacted patient care are Schick digital x-rays and intraoral photography. Digital x-rays give our team a clear image of the internal structures of patients’ smiles that we can use to accurately diagnose oral health issues in their earliest stages. Intraoral photography allows our team to show patients clear images of their smiles from the dentist’s perspective in order to allow them to better understand the areas for concern and possible treatment options.
We welcome patients of all ages at our family dental practice, and we’re happy to work with children from the time their first tooth erupts. We offer a variety of treatment options specifically geared toward young patients including fluoride treatments and dental sealants. We also have years of experience caring for young patients. Kids have a unique set of oral health and behavioral treatment needs, and we take the time to make sure every child we treat has a great experience with the dentist, building a lifetime of positive associations with dental care.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer claims one life every hour on average in the US. Possibly the most unfortunate thing about this startling statistic is that research shows those patients who are diagnosed in the early stages of oral cancer are highly likely to fully recover. Because oral cancer is so often undiagnosed until the advanced stages, most patients diagnosed in this year will not live five years beyond diagnosis. Research conducted by the Oral Cancer Foundation suggests that the best way to reduce the number of oral cancer related deaths is to diagnose these diseases in their earliest stages. Oral cancer screenings at our office make it possible for our team to diagnose and treat oral cancers in their earliest stages.
TMJ dysfunction occurs when the joints connecting the jaw to the skull bone are strained or damaged. Patients who experience TMJ dysfunction, sometimes simply referred to as TMD, may experience jaw pain, headache, neck pain, earache, inability to fully extend the jaw, and grinding or clenching sounds when the jaw moves. If we diagnose TMD, we may recommend any number of treatments to relieve pain and restore the full range of jaw motion including occlusal adjustments (equilibration of the way the bite fits together), occlusal splints and oral appliance therapy, and even Botox injections.
We work hard to keep patients comfortable and relaxed from the moment they arrive at our office, but sometimes, our best efforts aren’t enough for anxious patients. For those who experience dental phobia or anxiety, sensitive teeth, gums, or gag reflex, or who wish to complete multiple procedures in one visit, we offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Nitrous oxide is a great way to quickly reduce sensitivity and anxiety, and because the effects wear away quickly, patients are still able to drive themselves to and from our office and resume daily activities right away. Oral conscious sedation provides greater sedative effect, and the sedation sets in before patients arrive at our office for optimal comfort. Patients will need a trusted friend or family member to drive them to and from our office.
If you experience a lost tooth, damaged tooth, or severe toothache, don’t hesitate to contact our team. We try to see emergency patients on the same day they call, and we work with patients over the phone, explaining first aid and pain management tips to keep them safe and comfortable until they arrive. The most important step is to contact us immediately. The longer patients wait to repair dental damage, the higher the risk for more severe damage.