Patients who visit with Dr. Talva Grundstrom know that they will receive some of the finest treatment in the Jefferson City area. Her commitment to advanced dental therapies as well as comprehensive general dentistry services helps patients of different ages get the right type of care they need.
With this in mind, we'd like to take a moment right now to consider the dental health needs of teenage patients and what we do to help their smiles look great and stay healthy.
Teens have a unique set of dental health challenges. They're still growing and yet they're also nearing adulthood. With that in mind, dentists combine various kinds of dental therapies in order to improve dental health and prepare a patient to have a great smile for the years ahead.
In some cases, a teenage patients may prefer an alternative to traditional braces if they require orthodontic care. One of the most popular alternative treatments is Invisalign. This treatment involves the use of clear plastic aligner trays as opposed to brackets and wires. Every two weeks a patient will receive a new alinger to wear, gradually repositioning the teeth.
A number of teenagers are involved in high school athletics, and as such, there are number of sports dentistry concerns that may apply to their dental care. For preventative treatment, dentists can craft custom mouth guards, which help protect the teeth and tongue from serious harm. If a patient suffers from a dental injury during competition, restorative procedures can be performed as needed, addressing chips, cracks, and even tooth loss.
Wisdom teeth are extra sets of molars that grow in behind the rear molars around the mid-twenties. These extra molars are not essential for biting and chewing. In fact, they sometimes come in crooked, leading to painful impaction on the existing teeth. As teens get older, dentists can consult x-rays to monitor the growth of wisdom teeth, planning for future oral surgery as needed.
Patient education and proper advice is always good for long-term dental health and wellness. During each routine visit, patients can expect to get dental care and oral hygiene tips from the dentist that will help ensure proper wellness and long-term dental well-being.
If you would like to learn more about dental care during your teenage years, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Talva Grundstrom and the entire team at the practice will work with you to make your smile as healthy and beautiful as possible.