Preventive and general dentistry include two aspects of dental care, both performed to help patients avoid dental disease and to catch it in its earliest, more treatable stages. The first part is regular oral hygiene care performed by the patient at home. The second part of preventive dentistry encompasses what our Katy Dental Arts team does to help patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. In both cases, the goal is to stop oral disease from developing.
In every oral exam, Dr. Sula Umansky looks for any early signs of periodontal (gum) disease, dental decay, or any other changes in the soft tissue of the mouth. This allows us to catch oral disease before it becomes a threat to your health. With good preventive dental care, patients can expect healthy teeth and gums throughout their life, as well as the earliest possible detection of oral disease and cancer. To learn about the preventive dentistry options offered at Katy Dental Arts, visit the pages below.
- Family Dentistry
- Oral Hygiene Home
- Routine Cleanings
- Digital X-Rays
- VELscope® Oral Cancer Screening
- Minimally Invasive Dentistry
- Athletic Mouth Guards
- DIAGNOdent® Laser Decay Detection
Our team at Katy Dental Arts welcomes your entire family. Every stage of life brings unique dental needs, and each member of your family should be treated as an individual. We are able to address the needs of children, adults, and seniors in a comfortable, safe environment. Because we are a family business, we recognize the unique scheduling needs you may have and will work hard to ensure each person is able to get the care they need when they need it.
Oral Hygiene At Home
Practicing good oral hygiene at home and having regular dental examinations will help you keep a healthy, vibrant smile. There are many ways you can prevent damage to your teeth.
- Brushing twice daily in a circular motion, with the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
- Brushing your tongue helps remove plaque from your mouth.
- Flossing daily to clean between your teeth and gums.
Routine dental cleanings are an important part of maintaining good oral health. When paired with regular brushing and flossing, professional cleanings can help prevent plaque buildup, tooth decay, and other dental issues. Most patients should schedule a dental cleaning appointment every six months, during which Dr. Sula Umansky will also perform an oral examination to ensure the teeth and gums are in good condition.
Digital X-rays are the latest in X-ray technology. Instead of developing X-ray film in a dark room, the X-rays are sent directly to a computer and can be viewed on a monitor or printed out. This advanced imaging technology uses lower radiation than conventional X-rays and, therefore, is safer while still providing high-quality results. We focus on using the most advanced dental technology available to provide the best service to our patients.
VELscope® Vx Cancer Screening
The VELscope® Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System can detect abnormal areas in the mouth that may indicate cancerous tissue is present. This oral cancer screening process is non-invasive and does not require any unpleasant rinses or stains. The technology works by sending a specific blue-spectrum light into the mouth, which reflects off healthy soft tissue and causes it to glow. Unhealthy tissue absorbs this light and will appear dark. This allows Dr. Sula Umansky to detect abnormalities before they can be seen by the naked eye. With this early detection, disease can be caught before it has the chance to spread, leading to less invasive cancer treatment that is highly effective. The entire cancer screening process with the VELscope® Vx can be completed in two to five minutes.
Minimally Invasive Dentistry
Our team’s goal is to preserve the natural tooth structure whenever possible. Dr. Sula Umansky uses a biomimetic restoration approach that includes adhesive dental materials and treatment that maintains healthy natural tooth structure whenever possible while returning the teeth to their natural function and appearance. The goal is prevention and early diagnosis so treatment can be done in the most conservative fashion possible.
Mouth Guards for Athletics
For patients who play sports or take part in other physical activities, Dr. Sula Umansky recommends wearing a mouth guard to prevent injury in the form of tooth trauma. We offer custom-made mouth guards to be worn during these events to help protect the teeth from trauma. Should an accident happen and cause damage, Dr. Sula Umansky can help patients find the most appropriate treatment to repair their teeth and get them back to playing their favorite sports again.
DIAGNOdent® Laser Decay Detection
Dr. Sula Umansky knows that patients value healthy and attractive teeth. In order to maintain the healthiest smiles possible, detecting and treating cavities early is essential. Laser decay detection aids in catching cavities at their earliest stages. Even very small lesions and cavities can be detected, enabling Dr. Sula Umansky to treat them early to protect and preserve the tooth before decay gets worse.
Laser decay detection provides many benefits:
- Allows for immediate minimally invasive treatments.
- Provides advanced tracking of cavity and lesion activities over time, enabling Dr. Sula Umansky to more accurately predict the outcome and design a treatment plan best suited for the problem.
- Our hygienist can detect suspicious areas needing further examination, allowing Dr. Sula Umansky to provide faster and more direct attention to questionable or problem areas.
- Avoids the need for any additional X-ray exposure.
Schedule A Preventive Care Appointment!
To learn more about our preventive dental care in Katy, Texas, please contact Katy Dental Arts to schedule your appointment with our dentist.