Hygiene visits allow the team at The Art of Dentistry to thoroughly examine your mouth, and treat any issues we discover. If you live in or around Columbia, TN, we invite you to make an appointment for your hygiene visit!
During your hygiene appointment, your teeth will be cleaned, and then treated with fluoride. We may take digital X-rays to determine if you have any spots of decay or infection. We will also screen your mouth for oral cancer, and measure the pockets around your teeth for periodontal disease.
We offer comprehensive exams for all ages and highly recommend our patients to have these exams at least twice a year so we can ensure optimal oral health. At your comprehensive regular dental exam, the professionals at The Art of Dentistry include the following services:
- Advanced hygiene therapy, including thorough cleaning and polishing
- Periodontal (gum) exam
- Fluoride treatment
- Intraoral camera exam
- Digital X-rays
- Oral cancer screening with Oral CDX
- DIAGNOdent cavity detection
Oral Cancer Screening
As part of your comprehensive examination, Dr. Brian Fann will complete an oral cancer screening using our Oral CDX system or Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, one patient dies every hour, every day from oral cancer. If detected early, most cancers in the mouth can be successfully treated.
Aside from our examination, we also recommend our Columbia patients conduct monthly exams at home. If you detect any of the following signs or symptoms in your mouth, tongue or lips, please contact your dentist immediately:
- White or velvety red patches that will not rub off or heal
- Sores or swelling that last longer than 2-3 weeks
- Repeated bleeding with no apparent cause
- Numbness or pain in any area
- Difficulty in chewing, swallowing, or moving your tongue or jaw
- A mouth sore that bleeds easily, or fails to heal
Bad Breath Treatment
If you have chronic bad breath, The Art of Dentistry can help! At our Columbia dental practice, we offer a wide array of general dentistry options, including treatments for bad breath. The most common reason for bad breath, also called halitosis, is decaying food particles and bacterial growth on the tongue. We believe the successful treatment of halitosis relies on a successful diagnosis of its cause. Once we know the cause of bad breath, we can offer you the best treatment options.
Sleep Apnea / Snoring
Snoring, while annoying, is often a relatively harmless habit. In fact, most people aren’t even aware that they suffer from it until a tired spouse lets them know! If you constantly feel exhausted during the day, you may be suffering from sleep apnea, a potentially serious condition that features chronic snoring as one of its most prominent symptoms. Thankfully, we can effectively treat your sleep apnea here at The Art of Dentistry in Columbia, TN with the help of SomnoDent, an oral appliance that’s easy and comfortable to use.
Dr. Fann will thoroughly examine your smile and take impressions so that your new SomnoDent device can be customized for your unique features. Then, once the new piece is picked up by you at our office, you only need to wear it every night when asleep. SomnoDent will add extra support to your airway and keep it from collapsing, helping you to breathe easily all night long. After spending a few nights wearing with your new device, you and your smile will feel more refreshed than ever!