At Rother Dental, our team is committed to helping you keep a healthy smile by offering services that help prevent oral health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, tooth pain, and tooth loss. You will feel warm & welcome in our Mechanicsburg PA office when you come to see us for your routine visits. Whether you are due for a routine visit or it’s been years since you have seen a dentist, it is never too late to improve your oral health starting with these preventive services:

  • Full Mouth Examinations

Checking your teeth regularly is what prevents more serious problems.  So, by having regular exams twice a year, your dentist can make sure that your mouth is healthy and can address any existing or potential issues before they become worse. Your exams always include a complete check of your tooth surfaces and gums to ensure that you are in great oral health.

  • Professional Dental Cleanings

Whether you just had a dental cleaning six months ago or it’s been many years, we all need professional dental cleanings. Even if you have great homecare or you are not much of a flosser, there are always areas of your mouth where you cannot remove plaque deposits 100%. Those deposits are loaded with bacteria and harden into calculus, which is sometimes known as tarter. Calculus can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist using professional cleaning tools. Seeing us for a professional teeth cleaning is the most effective way to remove these deposits and prevent them from causing more serious problems in the future like tooth decay and gum disease.

Typically, patients have two cleanings per year but may sometimes need to have more frequent cleanings. Genetic risk factors, certain health conditions, and other risk factors like smoking can make it harder for some people to fight oral infections without more frequent cleanings. 

  • Oral Cancer Screenings

According to the American Cancer Society, over 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed this year with oral cancer. Although survival rates of this type of cancer are improving, finding it early is crucial. That is why at every appointment, you will have an oral cancer screening.

Oral cancers occur most often in the following areas of your mouth:

  • The tongue
  • The floor of the mouth
  • Lips & Gums

When you have an oral cancer screening as part of your preventive service with Rother Dental, you can be sure that all of the areas of your mouth will be checked for abnormalities and you will leave knowing that you have been screened.

  • Dental X-rays & Imaging

Having dental x-rays taken at routine visits allows us to detect, diagnose, and treat oral health problems early and before they become more advanced.  Through digital imaging, we can now take x-rays that are detailed and accurate at diagnosing disease.  Digital x-rays are an advanced technique that allows for instantaneous pictures with 90% less radiation than traditional film x-rays.  

Another imaging tool we use is taking photos inside the mouth using intraoral cameras that can highlight cracked or broken teeth, gum inflammation or recession, and other abnormalities in clear view.  In addition, we also utilize a high-quality digital camera for photos that show us your upper and lower teeth and how they bit together.  This type of imaging helps to plan any needed treatment and keep records of changes within your mouth as the years pass. 

  • Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is a mineral that can be found naturally in water sources.  Although levels can be found naturally, fluoride is often added to water sources to help improve public oral health.

In addition to water fluoridation, fluoride is also added to oral care products such as toothpaste and mouth rinses and can be administered as an in-office treatment in dental offices.

At regular visits, you will always be offered a professional in-office fluoride treatment as part of your preventive visit.  Fluoride treatments help to remineralize your tooth enamel and strengthen your root surfaces to resist getting cavities.  In addition, it can also reduce root hypersensitivity such as cold sensitivity and sensitivity during dental cleanings, which can be common with gum recession.

Professional fluoride treatments are applied using a clear, flavored coating that is painted lightly on your teeth in a process that usually takes less than 30 seconds.  It is an easy and effective way to keep a strong smile!

If you are looking for a family dentist in Mechanicsburg, PA who will provide you and your family with the finest dental care, look no further.  Dr Rother and his team of dental professionals make preventive dentistry their priority because they know that good routine care is the key to a health smile! 

Contact us today for a new patient comprehensive examination and professional dental cleaning!

Restorative Dentistry:

At Rother Dental, we specialize in restorative dentistry.  Restorative dentistry includes services and procedures that help to restore strength to your teeth and improve the look of your smile.  

Perhaps you have been having some pain or sensitivity in your teeth because of decay or you notice abnormalities in the shape or color of your teeth.  These problems might indicate that you could benefit from a highly qualified restorative dentist.  Tooth decay

If you have any of the following, we can help!

  • Cracked, broken, or worn teeth
  • Tooth pain or sensitivity 
  • Missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures

Here at Rother Dental, we offer conservative treatment solutions to restore the health of your natural teeth, as well as offering tooth replacement options for teeth that you have lost in the past.  

Restoring your smile is our commitment with the following services:

  • Composite Fillings

We treat active tooth decay by gently removing the decay, which is caused by harmful bacteria, and replacing the damaged tooth structure with a filling material that is made of composite resin that is durable and matches the color of your teeth.  Composite fillings have the benefit of a more conservative preparation of your natural tooth and can be contoured to resemble your original tooth. 

  • Crowns and Bridges

Sometimes when a tooth is more severely damaged because of past decay, large older fillings, or other forms of damage, a crown may be needed to restore the tooth and protect it from breaking further. A dental crown is a cap that fits over your tooth and acts like a protective top layer.  Once a crown is done, the tooth is not only more protected, it also looks aesthetically pleasing because it will match the color of your other teeth.

 Reasons for a crown include:

  • Reduce pain from small cracks in teeth.
  • Protect teeth that have been broken or decayed.
  • To restore a tooth after a Root Canal.
  • To finish an Implant.

If you have a space between two teeth from a lost tooth, it can be filled with a bridge. A bridge consists of a set of crowns in one piece that are placed to bridge the gap left by a missing tooth.  

Once placed, crowns and bridges will look and feel like natural teeth.  It is important to remember that teeth that are crowned still require preventive care to maintain their health.

  • Implants

Thanks to the latest technology, dental implants give you a great option to replace missing teeth or help to secure ill-fitting dentures.  We understand that missing teeth can be a source of stress or even embarrassment, which is why we want to help.  

Implants offer a nice option to tooth replacement because they offer single tooth replacement without involving the adjacent teeth the way a bridge does. 

An implant is a titanium root that is placed just where your original tooth roots used to be. While the placement is usually done by an implant placement specialist, the dental professionals at Rother Dental will work in coordination to make a special implant crown for the titanium root.  The end result is a tooth that looks and feels just like your other teeth! By choosing implants, you can brush and floss the area just like a natural tooth.

  • Dentures & Partials and Denture Repair

Dentures and partials are a removable replacement option for missing teeth. A denture replaces all teeth that are lost in an upper or lower arch.  Dentures help restore chewing ability when all of your teeth have been lost.  They also create an attractive and natural smile because they are custom-made to your facial features.

A partial replaces one or more missing teeth in arches where some teeth still remain and can support the partial and hold it in place. Partials not only help to support your chewing ability they also keep other teeth from shifting after teeth have been lost.  

Dentures and partials should be maintained by cleaning them regularly and having your dentist check them at your preventive appointments.  

If you currently have dentures or partials that are broken or no longer fit well, we can help.  Sometimes, existing dentures and partials can be repaired or adjusted to improve fit.  

Here at Rother Dental, we offer the most comprehensive dental services in Mechanicsburg, PA. Contact us today for an appointment to discuss ways that we can gently and effectively repair your teeth and improve your oral health.