Houston Preventive Dentistry
Maintaining a happy, healthy smile is a lifelong job, and our team here at Tamborello & Bowen Cosmetic Dentistry would love to be your trusted partners in this goal. With routine appointments and other preventive services at our central Houston office, Dr. Donald Tamborello and Dr. Shane Bowen can locate dental damage, decay, and sources of discomfort as early as possible simplifying treatment and protecting you from more severe problems down the road. Contact us today if you have any questions for our team, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment. We’re happy to serve the areas of Montrose, Braes Heights, Upper Kirby, Bellaire, River Oaks, West University, and beyond.
Check-ups & Cleanings
Even if your oral health is generally good, it’s entirely possible for problems to hide under the surface, becoming worse and worse over time until major intervention is required. Dr. Tamborello and Dr. Bowen minimize these concerns with regular check-ups and cleanings at our Houston office!
Typically we recommend patients visit twice a year; those with more severe cases of gum disease or tooth decay may be in need of more frequent appointments. Our team will be as thorough as possible inspecting teeth, gums, jaw, bite, existing restorations, and other important structures for any concerning signs that need further attention. Once we fully understand your unique smile, one of our doctors can work with you to develop the ideal treatment plan that addresses your needs and exceeds your expectations. Then, an in-depth cleaning will remove dangerous plaque and tartar that’s formed on the teeth and gums, leaving your mouth feeling refreshed.
Dental sealants can be a big help for younger patients who are still learning how to effectively care for their smiles, as well as adults who are sensitive to tooth decay. We’ll paint this tough plastic material directly over the chewing surfaces of certain back teeth “sealing” the grooves shut so bacteria and food particles have a much harder time getting trapped there. The procedure is simple and painless, and with proper maintenance, sealants last ten years or more.
If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), you may be experiencing unpleasant symptoms like headaches, facial pain, and inexplicably damaged teeth. This condition is very common, and because it tends to happen at night, many patients are unaware of what’s happening. If our Houston doctors determine that you’re a match, we provide valuable support and protection in the form of a custom nightguard. By wearing this oral appliance while they’re sleeping, patients keep their teeth safe from the ill effects of grinding and enjoy their rest much more.
Oral Cancer Screenings
On average, oral cancer kills one person every hour. This staggering statistic is possible because most cases of the disease aren’t diagnosed until advanced stages making treatment difficult and often unsuccessful. Thankfully, by including oral cancer screenings as a vital part of your routine appointments, our team can catch signs of this condition earlier than ever before for the sake of your safety and wellbeing. We’ll thoroughly scan your soft tissue for any common signs of cancerous cells, which could include red or white patches, lumps or crusty areas, or oral sores that aren’t healing. If we locate a suspicious area, our doctors will help you take the next steps towards a confident diagnosis.
Digital X-rays are a vast improvement when compared to their traditional counterparts, which is why Dr. Tamborello and Dr. Bowen are proud to offer this advanced technology to patients. There are no more darkrooms, no more tedious waiting periods, and no more hazardous chemicals – instead, detailed images of your smile are simply captured and transferred to our computer system in a matter of seconds. We even color-code and magnify them so patients understand what they’re looking at! Additionally, the amount of radiation we expose patients to has been decreased drastically up to 90%.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is one of the most common dental problems patients face, and while symptoms may seem harmless at first, they quickly develop into lasting consequences. At Tamborello & Bowen Cosmetic Dentistry, our team takes this threat very seriously. We’ll always screen for gum disease during your routine check-ups, and several therapy options are available to treat your symptoms and provide relief if needed. These include quality at-home products, antibiotic therapy, an in-depth cleaning known as scaling and root planing, and more.