General Dentistry

At Green Leaf Dentistry, we focus on education, prevention and a conservative treatment approach. We believe in creating and maintaining a solid foundation for your teeth as well as restoring your teeth to proper form, function and esthetics so that you may enjoy optimal oral health for your lifetime.

– How often should I visit the dentist?

  •  The American Dental Association recommends a visit to the dentist every 6 months. At this visit, you can expect Dr. Howell to perform a thorough exam including an oral cancer screening, x-rays, as well as a professional cleaning to restore your teeth to their natural brilliance.
  • Has it been a while since your last preventive visit? If so, call Green Leaf Dentistry today or visit us online to schedule your appointment!

– What is gingivitis?

  • Gingivitis is a common form of gum disease that presents as redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gums or gingiva. It is commonly caused by plaque or bacteria, the sticky film that naturally forms on the teeth. If not removed properly through daily brushing and flossing, this plaque can harden into tartar, which can only be removed with a professional cleaning.
  • It’s important to take gingivitis seriously and treat it promptly because it can lead to much more serious gum disease called periodontitis and tooth loss. At Green Leaf Dentistry, our dental hygienists will not only provide a thorough cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar on your teeth, but will also educate you on how to properly maintain the health of your gums and teeth.

– What is periodontal disease?

  • Periodontal disease is a more advanced form of gum disease that is characterized by bone loss, which if left untreated may lead to tooth mobility and eventual tooth loss. Signs of periodontal disease include red, swollen, receding gums, the development of “pockets” around your teeth, bad breath, loose teeth and eventual tooth loss.
  • Our goal at Green Leaf Dentistry is to stabilize the disease process, thereby preventing further bone loss, by providing deep cleanings, localized antibiotic therapy and periodontal maintenance therapy every 3-4 months such that your natural teeth can be maintained for as long as possible.

– What is a cavity?

Even with good oral hygiene practices, cavities can sometimes happen! A cavity, or tooth decay, occurs when bacteria in your mouth produce acid that erodes your natural tooth structure. Untreated dental decay can result in tooth pain and infection and should be treated promptly. Fortunately, Dr. Howell and the team at Green Leaf Dentistry will restore your cavity with a natural looking tooth colored filling so that nobody will be any the wiser!

-What are sealants?

Dental sealants are clear or white plastic coatings that are painted onto teeth in order to “seal” the deep pits and grooves in teeth away from cavity causing bacteria. They are commonly placed in children on the back molars, which can be difficult to clean. If you want to optimize your child’s oral health by placing sealants, please call Green Leaf Dentistry today to schedule an appointment today!

– What is a crown or “cap”?

 A crown or “cap” is like a hat for your tooth. When a tooth loses more than 50% of its natural structure due to fracture or decay, a crown is recommended in order to stabilize the tooth and prevent further damage. The process is simple – Dr. Howell will prepare your tooth and take an impression or “mold” that is sent to an outside laboratory. At a short follow up visit, Dr. Howell will insert a beautiful porcelain crown that matches your other teeth perfectly!