General Dental Care
Our highly skilled team at The Art of Dentistry offers a variety of general dentistry services to help you maintain optimal oral health and prevent future damage to your teeth and gums. Our state-of-the-art procedures are designed to the give you the beautiful and natural-looking results you deserve. Dr. Robin Rutherford and his team formulate customized treatment plans to suit your needs.
Did You Know?
Dr. Rutherford was voted the “Best Dentist in Odessa” by the American Readers’ Choice poll.
Please take a look at our general dental care procedures below, and contact our practice to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rutherford.
- Infection Control
- Root Canal Therapy
- Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Dental Emergencies
- Scaling and Root Planing
- Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy
Our team recommends routine exams to maintain good oral health. During your oral exam, our team will evaluate your teeth and gums and check for cavities, decay, and other issues. If we detect any abnormalities, we can formulate a treatment plan to help get your teeth and gums healthy again. We recommend coming in for an oral exam at least twice a year in order to catch any problems before they get worse.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screenings are crucial to make sure there are no potentially dangerous problems affecting your mouth. During your oral cancer screening, we will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the inside of your mouth using an intraoral camera to detect any possible signs of oral cancer. We also use the most powerful tool available, called the VelScope Vx, for assisting in the discovery of oral abnormalities. The Velscope Vx allows us to see disease not visible to the naked eye. Because early signs of oral cancer are often barely noticeable, it is essential to come in for screenings at least twice a year to decrease the possibility of any health risks. Early diagnosis and treatment for oral cancer has been shown to significantly increase survival rates.
Family Dental Care
Our experienced team offers an array of family dentistry services to suit your family’s dental needs, including teeth cleanings, sealants, periodontal care and fillings. We understand that your child may be nervous to visit the dentist for the first time, and our team will do everything we can to make your child’s visit as comfortable and relaxing as possible. We can design customized treatment plans for patients starting at the age of 10.
Routine dental cleanings are very important to help keep your teeth and gums fresh and healthy. Routine cleanings, along with good oral hygiene routines, can reduce the chances of developing cavities and other serious dental issues down the road. We recommend dental cleanings every six months to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Fluoride treatments can help reduce existing plaque or decay in an easy, quick rinse or prescribed toothpaste. Our oral fluoride rinses and toothpastes are an effective way to keep your teeth healthy and clean. Remember, those regular fluoride rinses you had in elementary school can be just as important for adults!
Dental sealants create a protective layer on the teeth to prevent cavities and decay. The plastic sealant material is applied directly onto the tooth’s surface to prevent any bacteria from entering in the small spaces between your teeth. Dental sealants are popular amongst children to help prevent future oral health risks.
Your health is very important to us, and we continually adhere to the highest standards of cleanliness and safety at our practice. We use disposable materials whenever we can, disinfect any countertops and other surfaces, autoclave all instruments, and always wear masks and gloves during your treatment to facilitate the cleanest environment possible.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is designed to treat severe decay on the teeth and pain that is often caused by a nerve infection. If the infected tooth is not treated, more serious health risks may occur in the future, and/or you may need to have the tooth extracted. Root canal treatments sterilize the infected nerve and eliminate bacteria (as well as the extreme discomfort that can be caused by infected teeth). Once the affected area is completely treated, we will apply a life-like porcelain dental crown to the tooth for protection and stabilization.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are usually not apparent until a person reaches their late teens or twenties. Usually, a total of four grow at the back of your upper and lower teeth – two on the top, two on the bottom. Some people may only develop one or two, and others may never have any wisdom teeth. For those who do receive them, extraction may or may not be necessary; however, there are often many benefits to their removal. There is often not enough room in the mouth for them to grow properly. As a result, you can develop impacted wisdom teeth, or they may grow at an angle and possibly never erupt past the gum’s surface. These issues often lead to discomfort and severe alignment issues. Dr. Rutherford is highly experienced at performing wisdom teeth removal to treat these problems and even prevent them altogether for many patients.
Our team at The Art of Dentistry is aware that dental emergencies such as pain, injury, or other serious issues of the teeth and gums can happen anywhere, anytime. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, our practice offers support if you urgently need assistance. Please call (432) 367-0202.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment that eliminates pockets of bacteria and plaque from your mouth. There are many benefits to this treatment, including the prevention of future oral diseases and improvement in the condition of your gums. This procedure is often necessary for the treatment of gum disease, helping you reduce the discomfort, bleeding, and irritation of gingivitis and other gum issues.
Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy
Laser assisted periodontal therapy is a non-surgical treatment that eliminates pockets and removes bacteria and plaque from your mouth. The laser removes infected tissue, sterilizes the pocket, and promotes quick healing and exceptional results. There are many benefits to this treatment, including the prevention of future oral diseases and improvement in the condition of your gums. This procedure is often necessary for the treatment of gum disease, helping you reduce the discomfort, bleeding, and irritation of gingivitis and other gum issues and preventing future tooth loss that could require dentures.
Contact The Art of Dentistry
If you would like more information on the general dental care procedures we offer, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rutherford, please contact our practice today.