Naples Preventive Dentistry
At Galleria Dentistry, our team strongly believes in the power of prevention when it comes to dental care. After all, it’s much easier to treat problems when they’re still small! Besides, you already have enough to worry about in your day-to-day life. Let Dr. Gery Benza, Dr. Anthony Benza, and Dr. Chelsea Benza simplify oral healthcare and help patients maintain a happy, healthy smile for life with our dedicated care. Whether you’re in need of a regular check-up or more in-depth attention to treat a persistent issue, you can find the comforting touch and detailed, effective care you’ve been looking for at our Naples, FL office.
You wouldn’t run out on the field without a helmet, knee pads, or shin guards – so why leave your mouth exposed to injury? Studies show that up to 40% of sports injuries involve the face, and athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth than regular patients. That’s why we’d love to help you or your child by providing a custom-molded sportsguard that’s comfortable to wear. Sportsguards offer a valuable barrier that buffers otherwise severe damage like broken teeth, cuts, or jaw injury. Even concussions are shown to be less severe when the injured person is wearing a sportsguard.
Bruxism and TMJ Dysfunction
Do you grind or clench your teeth often, especially when you sleep? Are headaches, earaches, or jaw stiffness a regular part of your life? In both cases,o ur Naples office can provide you with the help you need to enjoy better health and wellbeing again. Using a special oral appliance, we can help you control your condition, whether it's related to nightly teeth grinding (a condition known as bruxism) or to a misaligned bite (TMJ dysfunction). The symptoms of both conditions are very similar, and if left untreated, both can have a dramatic impact on the health and beauty of your smile. Call or visit our office to learn more about how an oral appliance could help you.
The American Dental Association recommends that patients see their dentist at least twice a year. More frequent visits may be necessary in some cases, depending on the state of oral health. Here at Galleria Dentistry, we’ll begin your treatment with a thorough dental evaluation and hour-long cleaning. This time will allow us to inspect your entire mouth for any suspicious areas or signs of decay, as well as cleanse your teeth of plaque and calculus deposits that may have hardened to the point that they can’t be removed with regular brushing and flossing. While there may be some problems you can discover at home in front of the mirror, a dentist’s trained eye can spot potentially dangerous conditions and injuries that may go entirely overlooked without regular appointments.
Oral Cancer Screenings with VELscope
Oral cancer is a destructive condition, and one that takes thousands of lives every year. This is why detecting its presence at the earliest possible stage is an important goal for our team of doctors. With the help of our advanced VELscope technology, we discover abnormalities or potentially cancerous tissues as soon as they appear – even ones that aren’t visible to the naked eye. Plus, the procedure takes only minutes and can be performed as part of a regular check-up and cleaning.
When acidic bacteria come into contact with our teeth, the enamel protecting them is weakened. Fluoride is a mineral that helps our enamel stand firm against the constant attacks from acid and bacteria. Most toothpastes and community water supplies contain fluoride to help protect teeth, but some patients require extra care. With a fluoride treatment from our office, we can help patients strengthen their teeth and enjoy better health and wellbeing.
This solution is designed to prevent decay from forming on the chewing surfaces of teeth, and especially the molars, which can be hard for younger patients to brush. But whereas fluoride is a mineral that strengthens enamel, sealants protect teeth with a thin layer of plastic. The treatment process with sealants is quick and the results are both safe and long-lasting. Patients may enjoy up to 10 years of protection with this solution.
We love welcoming kids to Galleria Dentistry? Little ones often need a special touch to truly feel comfortable and at ease at the dentist’s office, and that’s what our friendly team strives to provide. We’ll perform a careful examination and a gentle hygiene cleaning during visits, as well as discuss any developmental issues that we find with parents. Dental sealant and fluoride treatment is available as well, and we provide guidance on how to successfully brush and floss at home so that children start on the path towards lifelong oral health and happiness.
Periodontal Disease Therapy
Did you know that up to 47.2% of Americans suffer from periodontal disease according to the CDC? That’s an impressive number, and one that we hope to shrink in Naples, FL. Whether you’re struggling with a mild, moderate, or advanced stage of gum disease, our doctors can provide you with the support and specialized treatment you need: charting and diagnostic services, antibiotic therapy, and an in-depth cleaning procedure known as deep scaling are available.
Antibiotic Therapy for Gum Disease
Antibiotics are often prescribed to patients who are struggling with advanced gum disease. They’re used alongside a pair of services known as scaling and root planing, and together, these three services provide patients with comprehensive care for a very serious issue. If you’re struggling with advanced gum disease, don’t hesitate to contact our office to learn more or to schedule a consultation.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
What’s the best way to care for your smile in between visits? We recommend brushing at least twice a day, or after every meal if you can. We also recommend flossing at least once, preferably before bedtime. Flossing will help you remove debris and plaque your toothbrush couldn’t reach. You may also want to consider using a quality mouthwash to control bacteria or strengthen your enamel. If you have additional questions about how to care for your smile, we would be happy to answer them for you.