Preventative and Periodontal Dentistry

Dentist making professional teeth cleaning female young patient at the dental office

The Powell Family dentists believe the saying, “Искру́ туши́ до пожа́ра, беду́ отводи́ до уда́ра.” (“Put out the spark before the fire; deflect trouble before it strikes.”) Preventing cavities, decay, and gum disease is easier (and less expensive) than treating them. Because we feel like our patients are our family, we want the very best for each and every one, and that includes regular check-ups and cleanings.

Your Health Starts In Your Mouth

You might think this has to do with what you eat, but really it’s really about oral bacteria and the health of your gums. Heart attacks, diabetes, pre-term labor and miscarriages are just some of the health problems that are linked to gum disease. Our mission is to help you achieve your vision for a healthy smile and healthy body. Diagnosing and treating periodontal infections at an early stage is important in keep your immune system strong.

Diagnosing Disease Early

As part of your cleaning appointment, you will also receive a thorough periodontal exam. During this part of your visit, our hygienist will carefully measure the level of tissue attachment and bone height around each tooth. As such, we can screen for early warning signs before they lead to tooth loss and complicate systemic infections.

What is Gum Disease?

When we find pockets under your gums that are deeper than 3mm, we know your regular brushing and flossing routine is unable to clean them. Plaque builds up around the roots of your teeth, providing the perfect environment for bacteria to flourish and cause things like:

  • Bone loss
  • Gum and ligament deterioration
  • Tooth movement and gum recession
  • Tooth loss

And those are just some of the effects. Gum disease is also linked to a higher risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure, diabetes, and dementia.

How Do We Stop Periodontitis?

The effects of advanced gum disease cannot be reversed, but the infection can be eliminated.

Our dentists will act quickly and proactively to stop the disease from causing additional damage. First, we numb your mouth. Your comfort during the process is a priority and we want you to feel relaxed. Then, using customized dental instruments, we will clean around the roots and to the bottom of the gum pockets. In some cases, we will apply localized medication to kill the existing bacteria and prevent any new bacteria from colonizing as you heal. You will need to follow up with your dentist every three to four months to make sure we can maintain the area’s health and prevent spreading of the disease.

Sleep Apnea and Oral Appliances

You might be familiar with CPAP technology and how it helps sleep apnea. Did you know that an easy-to-use oral appliance might have the same impact? Your dentists at Powell Family Dental Care can fit you for a custom made night guard to wear while you sleep. This appliance re-aligns your jaw and palate at night, keeping your airway open so you won’t stop breathing. Other advantages include:

  • Easily portable for travel
  • Discreet
  • Fits in your mouth, not over your face
  • Allows a natural sleep pattern
  • Stops snoring
  • Doesn’t use electricity
  • Quiet and non-invasive

When you address your sleep apnea, you treat your whole body. Plus, you’ll feel more rested and have more energy. Dr. Victor and Dr. Dontsova can help you! Call our Portland office today to find out if an oral sleep appliance is right for you.

Whether you want to look younger or simply want a smile that makes you look your very best, Powell Family Dental Care has many cosmetic dental options for you to choose from.

You’ll find our practice next to the Imperial Euro Market, Madame De Fleurs, and the Ukrainian Federal Credit Union, nestled in the Russian Portland community.