Harlingen Preventive Dental Care
In order to keep your smile whole and healthy, our team creates personalized oral health care treatment plans that center around regular preventive dentistry appointments. For most patients, we recommend visiting our office two times each year. During these appointments, we take time to examine your smile, provide general and preventive services, and create an ongoing treatment plan to care for your oral health. Call our team to find out more about preventive dentistry or schedule an appointment.
Checkups & Cleanings
At dental checkups with Larry R. Franks, DDS and his Harlingen, TX dental team, we offer a different kind of dental experience. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted warmly, and we’ll start your appointment right away. Then, our team will treat you to a paraffin hand wax and hand massage. We also utilize soothing music and aromatherapy that will make you feel like you’re at the spa not the dentist. Once you’re comfortable, we’ll begin your treatment. During six month checkups, we start by collecting diagnostic images and x-rays as necessary, and complete a thorough visual examination of your smile. This allows us to screen for common oral health conditions including tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. One of our skilled hygienists performs a thorough cleaning, and they can also answer your oral hygiene questions and provide recommendations to improve at home care. While you’re in our office for a regular checkup, we can also provide a number of general dentistry treatments like fluoride application or designing a nightguard for teeth grinding and clenching. We will create a plan for your ongoing oral hygiene.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Do you experience nighttime teeth grinding and clenching? This oral health condition known as bruxism may seem like an innocuous bad habit, but left untreated, bruxism can lead to dental wear, chips, cracks, and other damage. It may seem impossible to change an unconscious habit, but we offer a simple, comfortable solution – nightguards. These custom-made mouthguards place a physical barrier between the rows of teeth to prevent damage. We can quickly and painlessly capture impressions of your smile that will be used to create your personalized nightguard.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer claims thousands of lives each year, and screening for the disease regularly, is one of the simplest ways to reduce this number. That’s why our team takes the time to complete a thorough oral cancer screening for every patient during six month checkups. We utilize the state-of-the-art OralID system to allow our team to diagnose oral cancer in the earliest stages, which further increases the chances that patients diagnosed with this deadly disease will make a full recovery.
One of the most important elements in preventing tooth decay is developing and maintaining strong tooth enamel. This protective outer coating is actually the most durable part of the body, but over time, daily wear and tear begin to soften tooth enamel increasing risk for decay. Fluoride treatments strengthen tooth enamel, preventing decay and damage. Professional grade topical fluoride treatments are completely painless and can be quickly applied as part of any regular six month dental checkup.