HELPING FAMILIES MAINTAIN HEALTHY SMILES
Preventive care doesn’t stop with checkups and cleanings. Our New Orleans dental team offers a range of services to help patients prevent common problems and maintain good oral health. Those services include dental sealants and oral cancer screenings as well as periodontal therapy and custom-made nightguards. Dr. Canatella will always assess your needs first before recommending any particular service. You can learn more about what we offer below.
Certain kinds of bacteria cause tooth decay. But with a service like dental sealants, you can enjoy extra protection from bacteria and decay. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces of teeth, which can sometimes have deep pits or grooves. Bacteria can hide in these spots, leading to decay. Our back teeth, specifically our molars, are especially vulnerable because they can be hard to reach with a toothbrush. Sealants can be applied quickly and will provide protection for as long as 10 years.
Dr. Canatella uses periodontal therapy to help patients treat periodontal disease. As one of the most common oral health problems, periodontal disease can have a significant impact on a patient’s oral and overall health. Not only is it the number one cause of adult tooth loss, it has also been linked with health problems like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, stroke, and diabetes. In order to achieve optimal health, Dr. Canatella and his hygienist will come up with a treatment plan that best suits you.
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NIGHTGUARDS AND ATHLETIC MOUTHGUARDS
A nightguard is a special oral appliance designed to protect teeth from chronic, unconscious teeth grinding. Patients who struggle with teeth grinding often have the most trouble while asleep. A nightguard will prevent teeth from becoming damaged by repeated grinding and clenching. We also offer custom-made athletic mouthguards for active patients. A mouthguard is an essential piece of equipment for any athlete, and a custom-made mouthguard will give your smile the added protection it deserves.
ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS
All too often, oral cancer isn’t diagnosed until it’s already so advanced that making a full recovery is impossible. That’s why we provide our patients in and around New Orleans with oral cancer screenings. Through regular screenings, Dr. Canatella aims to diagnose and treat oral cancer early. When oral cancer is diagnosed and treated at an early stage, the odds of making a full recovery are much higher.
Kids have special needs when it comes to dental care, and our team are experts in providing the friendly, gentle approach children and parents appreciate. Your child is at a greater risk of developing cavities between the ages of about 6 and 14, so visiting the dentist regularly is crucial. We offer excellent preventive care to keep their growing teeth healthy and clean during this important stage.
Is it time for your next visit with Dr. Canatella? Call our office to schedule your appointment. We’re happy to serve patients in and around the New Orleans and Lakeview area.