One of Dr. Katie's firm beliefs is that the best dentistry is the dentistry you can avoid with a solid preventive foundation. Rather than providing reactive dentistry exclusively, our experienced dentists use patient education, digital technology, and a holistic approach to each patient’s care to customize treatment to help you keep your teeth and your oral health for a lifetime.
Your Initial Exam at Our Katy, TX Dental Office
You might notice that our new patient exams are more extensive than you’re used to. After having some time with your dentist to discuss any concerns or questions, we take digital photos of your face, smile, and teeth along with digital x-rays to give us baseline information about your oral health.
Since healthy gums are essential to both dental and overall health, a periodontal exam will alert us to any areas of gum recession, bleeding, or infection that require additional attention. Research links periodontal disease with diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, respiratory infection, and low birthweight babies. Treating gum disease can improve systemic health.
A tooth-by-tooth exam to evaluate any existing dentistry, cracked teeth, chips, or uneven wear gives Dr. Katie the information she needs to design a treatment plan to keep your pearly whites strong and functioning comfortably.
Each exam comes with an oral cancer screening. Your dentist is the best line of defense when it comes to this particularly deadly form of cancer. Early detection and treatment can save your life.
Finally, how your jaw functions can impact your day-to-day life. Headaches and migraines have been linked to teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw popping or pain. Wear patterns, bite marks inside the cheeks, and clicking or locking joints can indicate that the jaw is not working optimally. We can help with occlusal splints and adjustments, along with lifestyle changes, to protect your joints from premature deterioration.
Your Personalized Consultation
Once your oral exam is complete, Dr. Katie will go over everything with you step-by-step in a no-pressure way designed to inform you and help you make the best choices possible for your oral health.
Dental Cleanings in Katy, TX
Every patient is different and every smile is beautiful to us, which is why no two dental cleanings are alike. If you are diligent about brushing and flossing, you will still have small amounts of tartar that develop between cleanings. Our hygienists use ultrasonic and hand instruments to remove it and polish away surface stains.
If you have some catching up to do, a more in-depth cleaning can help you get back on track.
For some patients, especially those with gum disease, you might avoid the dentist out of fear of pain because you need a deep cleaning. We will never make you feel guilty for missing appointments and will take every action to ensure your comfort. We love to help patients feel comfortable and at home while under our care.
More Preventive Dental Services
In addition to x-rays, checkups, and cleanings, we also offer the following preventive dental services based on your dental needs. We will discuss if any of these might benefit you.
- Athletic mouthguards
- Nightguards for teeth grinding
- Sleep apnea treatment
- Nutritional counseling
- Hygiene instruction
- Natural oral care products
Are You Looking for a Family Dentist in Katy, TX?
We warmly welcome new patients of all ages and look forward to showing you how enjoyable it can be to maintain a healthy smile. The kindness and expertise of our team gives our patients confidence in their dental care and in their smiles.