While Dr. Kar is more than capable of handling even the most complex dental problems, he’d much rather help his patients avoid the need for involved dental care in the first place. That’s why he focuses so much of his attention on prevention. With regular checkups and the services listed below, he can give you and your entire family the kind of healthy, problem-free smiles that never need a second thought. If you’re ready to safeguard your smile from pesky cavities and gum disease, give us a call today.
When you come to see us for a routine preventive appointment, it will begin with a thorough checkup. Dr. Kar will look at your teeth, gums, jaw, bite, and any existing dental work so he can catch and treat small problems before they can affect your oral health and become a bigger issue. Then, you’ll receive a refreshing cleaning to remove any plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and gums. We recommend that patients of all ages should have at least two checkups and cleanings each year (or one every six months).
Did you know that the back teeth—known as the premolars and molars—are the most likely to develop cavities? Their rough and pitted surfaces trap food particles easily, and they can be quite difficult to completely clean while brushing (particularly for children). With a dental sealant, we can give them the extra protection they need. We simply apply a resin-based substance to the teeth, and then it quickly hardens into a thin, invisible barrier that cavity-causing plaque, bacteria, and acids cannot cross.
Bruxism is a very common response to daily stress, and it involves a person unconsciously clenching their jaw and grinding their teeth while they sleep. Over time, this can severely wear down the teeth and even strain the sensitive joints in the jaw. To help patients with this problem, Dr. Kar can recommend that they wear a small oral appliance to bed called a nightguard. Custom-designed for a patient, it comfortably fits over the teeth and places a protective barrier between them to prevent any harmful contact. There are different types of Nightguards. We recommend a soft/hard Nightguard. This simply is soft on the inside which makes it comfortable for the patient and hard on the outside to stop the grinding.
This year alone, nearly 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer, and sadly, nearly half will not survive the next five years simply because the disease wasn’t caught until it was quite advanced. Early detection is the key to successfully treating the disease, which is why Dr. Kar includes a full oral cancer screening as part of every checkup. He’ll look for the signs of precancerous and cancerous tissues in your mouth, and if he sees anything that causes concern, he can help you receive the follow-up care you need right away.
Fluoride is a mineral you’ll find in many foods, toothpastes, and even the water that comes out of your tap, and this is great news because it’s able to help strengthen the teeth and prevent cavities in adults and children alike. However, due to the growth in popularity of non-fluoridated bottled water, more and more people aren’t getting enough every day to keep their smiles fully protected. This is why Dr. Kar is happy to provide fluoride treatment during regular checkups. It’s quick, painless, and one of the easiest ways to keep your teeth healthy between appointments.
At Advanced Dental Care of Allen, we love treating Allen’s littlest citizens and putting them on the path to sustained oral health. As a father himself, Dr. Kar understands better than most the need for early-age dental care. When you bring your child to see us, our team will go out of their way to make them feel completely comfortable while we provide the services their growing smiles need. We’ll also make it a point to teach them about the basics of dental care so they start to form healthy habits early.
Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is one of the most common and damaging dental problems in the world. It’s a bacterial infection of the gums, roots of the teeth, and the bones that support them, and it’s the leading cause of adult tooth loss here in the U.S.! We’ll screen your gums whenever you come to see us, and if we see any problems, we have a variety of periodontal therapy treatments designed to quickly get the infection under control and protect the smile.