Dr. Link and our staff are honored to provide excellent oral health care to the Burke County and our surrouding areas. We strive to build lasting relationships with our patients. As dedicated dental professionals, the health and well-being of our patients is a top priority. We provide general dentistry services such as cleanings and checkups, preventive care, and treatment for dental emergencies.

Cleanings and Checkups

In addition to caring for your teeth and gums at home, you should receive two dental cleanings and checkups per year. Cleanings and checkups are necessary for keeping teeth and gingiva healthy. When people make regular dental appointments, the likelihood of detecting the disease early on is greatly increased.

Dental cleanings remove substances that accumulate on teeth and gums – especially tartar. When plaque is exposed to saliva, it hardens into tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. Tartar is a major contributor to gum disease and when this substance builds up along the gum line, the gums will recede exposing the roots of teeth to debris and bacteria. Dental cleanings are not invasive. They are quick, comfortable treatments that leave your teeth and mouth feeling impeccably clean.

Checkups, like cleanings, are important for detecting potential oral health issues as soon as possible. A dental checkup includes a thorough examination of the entire oral cavity. During checkups, Dr. Link will screen for common issues like periodontal disease and dangerous conditions like oral cancer. Our team will also check on existing dental work to ensure that it is secure.  We also screen for sleep disordered breathing problems during your visit.

Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are unpleasant experiences. Many times, our guests in need of emergency care come to us in pain and very stressed. Our team understands that dental emergencies can be traumatic and uncomfortable. Fortunately, if dental emergencies arise, our team is here to help our patients regain oral function and their comfort.

Common dental emergencies we treat include toothaches, broken or lost restorations, and knocked out/cracked teeth. If you require emergency dental care, call our practice to speak with our staff. When calling, be sure to give as many details as you can about the nature of your emergency and your symptoms. This information will help us prepare for your visit.

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General Dentistry FAQs

Why should I go to the dentist regularly?

Visiting our office regularly is an integral part of protecting and preserving your precious oral tissue like teeth and gums. If we do not visit the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings, we stand to develop advanced forms of common oral conditions like periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Visiting a dental practice regularly increases your odds of having potential issues detected early on. For the most part, detecting disease and problems early means that treating these issues is less invasive, less time consuming, and less expensive. Some services are preventive in nature – meaning they can thwart the progression of an issue like tooth decay by strengthening teeth. Professional cleanings also provide a safe, non-invasive method for preventing issues like periodontal disease and caries because cleanings remove substances that cannot be brushed or flossed away.

Your oral health is precious. It is important to visit our practice regularly. Our team wants you to have the best possible oral health.

How often should I brush and floss?

Brushing and flossing are the foundation of one’s oral hygiene routine – both are powerful weapons for preventing common oral diseases. You should brush your teeth twice per day, every day. You should also floss your teeth once a day, too. It is preferred that patients brush their teeth just before bedtime for optimal protection from bacteria that colonize while one sleeps.

Brushing is useful for cleaning the biting surfaces of teeth along with much of their front and back sides. The motion of brushing along with the foaming agents in toothpaste helps remove plaque deposits and kill bacteria. When brushing, it is important to brush all sides of a tooth thoroughly with gentle, soft strokes. Brushing too vigorously can damage the gums. When one is flossing, it is important to gently thread floss around each tooth – especially those in difficult to reach places like the back of the mouth.

How often should I have a cleaning?

Most patients typically have two cleanings every year, scheduled six months apart. Dental cleanings are an integral part of preventing common, destructive oral health conditions. Cleanings are non-invasive and comfortable, too. Our hygienists can gently remove harmful tartar and plaque deposits while also evaluating the health of your gums and teeth.

What if I have a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies can be painful, traumatic, and downright annoying. Fortunately, our team can provide comfortable and effective emergency dental care. When it comes to dental emergencies, we typically treat people with toothaches, broken, chipped or knocked out teeth, and lost or loose restorations. If you have a dental emergency, call our office as soon as you can. If you are calling after normal business hours, be sure to leave a detailed message so that a member of our team can get back to you as soon as possible.

Interested in scheduling a dental appointment?

We see all patients on an appointment basis and ask that you contact us in advance so that we may reserve a time for you. We value your time! We do our best to stay on schedule and will advise you if we are behind.

If you are having trouble locating an appointment time, please call our office to help. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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