Atlanta Preventive Dentist
Before any restorative or cosmetic work is needed, our goal is to help patients protect their healthy, strong smiles with quality preventive care. Routine visits with Dr. Jane Puskas, Dr. Anna Refai, and the rest of our long-term, dedicated staff can work wonders, allowing you to not only have dental problems treated at the earliest opportunity, but to also prevent many of them from ever occurring in the first place. Our approach is both comprehensive and conservative for the strongest results, and patients are always encouraged to feel right at home in our modern, elegant office space. Contact our Atlanta, GA location today to schedule your first appointment!
Check-ups & Cleanings
Even patients who brush and floss diligently may still end up falling victim to subtle oral damage and disease that lingers out of the untrained eye’s view. During a routine visit every six months (or twice a year), our team can locate these concerns at their earliest stages and provide simple, effective care, saving you from more significant problems later down the road.
During the evaluation, one of our doctors will thoroughly review the surfaces of each of your teeth, your soft tissue, your periodontal health, your bite, your jaw, current restorations, and more in order to form the most comprehensive understanding of your oral health possible. Advanced digital X-rays and 3D cone beam images can provide additional insight, if needed, allowing us to provide personalized, precise treatment recommendations. If the patient requests it, a professional cleaning will be provided as well to remove decay-causing plaque, tartar, and minor stains from the mouth, leaving their smile feeling refreshed.
Nightguards for TMJ/Bruxism
Do you regularly experience severe morning headaches or dental damage with no known cause behind it? These are common signs of bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), which is prevalent among adults who experience a lot of stress in their daily lives. Patients with bruxism may even develop TMJ disorder over time, which can cause debilitating pain. Our team can help prevent this with a custom oral appliance known as a nightguard. This device provides a strong barrier between teeth, minimizing the effects of grinding while the patient rests easy.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a health condition that occurs when a patient’s airway becomes partially or fully blocked during the night, resulting in frequent awakenings that disrupt sleep and lead to daytime exhaustion. If you’ve been diagnosed with this condition by your general physician or a sleep specialist, Dr. Puskas may be able to provide relief. Patients with mild to moderate symptoms (or those who have proven intolerant to traditional CPAP treatment) can receive a custom oral appliance (also known as a snoreguard) that comfortably repositions their mouth, leading to easier breathing and restful, uninterrupted sleep.
Oral Cancer Screenings
You’d be surprised by how many cases of oral cancer are either incorrectly diagnosed or not diagnosed at all until the condition reaches advanced, destructive stages. This problem is so severe that nearly half of patients diagnosed this year won’t go on to survive more than five more years. Recovery is very possible as long the condition is found early enough – that’s why Dr. Puskas encourages oral cancer screenings with VELscope as a vital part of every regular examination. This technology uses fluorescence visualization to clearly identify areas in the mouth that contain cancerous or precancerous cells.
The deep grooves in certain back teeth can be problematic for some patients, especially children who are still learning how to properly care for their teeth and adults who suffer from oversensitivity to decay. Food particles and damaging bacteria have the tendency to accumulate in these areas, causing cavities. Dental sealants from our Atlanta team are designed to “seal” these grooves, preventing this from occurring to the same extent and keeping teeth healthier and well-protected.
Digital X-Rays & Cone Beam Technology
Traditional film X-rays have been relied on for vital dental diagnosis and planning for many years now, but their pitfalls regarding convenience and safety have always been a concern. At our brand-new office, Dr. Puskas is proud to offer the latest in dental technology to patients from Brookhaven, GA and surrounding areas, including Dexis X-Rays and the Sirona 3D Cone Beam system. With the help of these exceptional tools, the days of darkrooms and significant radiation exposure are long gone – now, exceptionally detailed images of your mouth, head, and neck can be captured and reviewed in a matter of seconds, making your care more personalized and accurate than ever before.
Helmets and knee pads are used commonly as protective gear when patients are busy playing their favorite sport – but what about your smile? Athletic injuries make up a significant portion of dental emergencies, and your teeth are at risk any time you participate in an event where contact with other people or hard surfaces is possible. Instead of using an uncomfortable, one-size-fits-all appliance from the store, talk to our team about having a custom mouthguard made that can provide optimal protection, comfort, and ease of use.