General family dentistry provides the basis for healthy smiles. We offer a number of services designed to help your entire family achieve oral health. The size of our office allows for multiple family members to be seen simultaneously, helping busy parents take great care of themselves and their children. If you’re looking for a dental office where you feel more like a member of the family than just another patient, welcome to Greder Dental in Omaha, Nebraska.
Checkups and Cleanings
Young children, older adults, and everyone in between should come to Greder Dental for a checkup and cleaning every six months. Regular check-ins at the dentist keep smiles healthy and strong for years to come.
During the routine appointment, one of our gentle dental hygienists will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth and around your gums. Regular cleanings prevent tooth decay and gingivitis, the mild form of gum disease that can turn into full-blow periodontitis if ignored.
Speaking of gum disease, we will also take careful notes on your tooth and gum health. With regular record-keeping, our team is able to stay on top of the small changes that could indicate the presence of more significant issues.
After we’ve cleaned your teeth, updated your chart, and taken any necessary x-rays, the doctor will come in to examine your teeth. We’ll look for the obvious oral health concern culprits, like decay and infection, but we also check in on your existing dental work and check for irregularities that could indicate oral cancer.
We know the dentist can be scary for children -- but your little ones may actually look forward to visiting our fun, friendly office. Dr. Mack Greder, Dr. Jennifer Greder, and our whole team provide gentle dental care to ensure your child takes away only positive impressions from the dentist.
Children should begin visiting the dentist around the time they turn one. These first few visits are about more than checking for oral health issues, though we’ll certainly make sure their first teeth are as healthy as can be. The main focus is on helping your child feel comfortable with the sights and sounds of the dentist’s office. He or she will sit in your lap while you ask any questions you may have regarding children’s oral health.
Older children benefit from additional preventive dentistry services, as they are most vulnerable to cavities between ages 6 and 14. Dental sealants protect the molars from decay, and fluoride treatments strengthen all teeth for significant protection against decay.
Your back teeth and molars have deep grooves on the chewing surfaces – grooves that are so deep and narrow that they can be impossible to clean. Unfortunately, bacteria have no problem getting into these grooves and causing decay.
We offer dental sealants as part of our general family dentistry care. Dental sealants offer a means of protecting these surfaces from decay. Dental sealants are a thin coats of resin that can be painlessly and quickly bonded to your teeth. The cost of a dental sealant is much less than the cost of a filling, and it is an excellent investment to protect teeth from cavities. Dental sealants are most often used in children.
Night Guards for Bruxism
Do you grind your teeth at night? Over time you could cause serious damage by breaking or loosening teeth. Grinding teeth can cause neuromuscular problems, such as headaches from tight jaw muscles. Our dentists will look for signs of teeth grinding and find a solution. We can fit you for a nightguard, an orthotic that you wear during sleep or even all day that will keep you from grinding your teeth. A nightguard will reduce the stress on your teeth and jaws so there’s less risk for problems.
Mouth Guards and Sports Guards
If you’re an athlete, investing in a custom-fitted mouthguard or sportsguard can cushion delicate tooth enamel to prevent chips, cracks, and breaks caused by extreme force or pressure. Custom-fitted mouthguards have been shown to reduce the incidence of concussion in addition to protecting smiles from injury. Heavy-contact sports like football and boxing definitely require a mouthguard, but basketball, tennis, gymnastics, soccer, and even track and field events require smile protection.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Regular oral cancer screenings greatly aid in the early detection of the disease affecting the gums, tongue, lips, cheeks, hard/soft palate, or throat. At Greder Dental, we can identify, evaluate, and monitor precancerous or cancerous cells with the help of ViziLite. The fluorescent light test makes visible areas that are difficult to detect with the naked eye, for the earlier detection and more successful treatment of oral cancer.
In addition to using ViziLite, Dr. Mack Greder or Dr. Jennifer Greder will perform a visual and tactile exam to identify other suspicious areas that could indicate the presence of oral cancer. Lumps, bumps, rough patches, discoloration, or sores that do not go away after two weeks are some examples. We will also have a thorough discussion related to your oral health -- like have younoticed any changes lately? Asymmetries in facial appearance or change in the tone of your voice? No one is a better expert on your health than you.
The benefits of fluoride for oral health are well-known, so much so that most water in the US has had fluoride added to it. If you do not drink tap water or you are at an increased risk for cavities, you may benefit from a fluoride treatment when you visit the dentist. Children can especially use an extra dose of the mineral. Fluoride is applied quickly at the end of a routine exam, and can provide lasting protection against cavities.
Toothpastes and Mouthwashes
Solid dental hygiene requires good habits at home. The type of toothpaste and mouthwash you use really does make a difference in cavity prevention. Some toothpastes do not contain fluoride, and many mouthwashes are designed to simply make your mouth feel fresher rather than actually killing bacteria. When you visit Greder Dental, we can make a recommendation for a brand you can trust, and even send you home with samples that promote better oral health.
Looking for a dental office that treats the whole family in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro Area? We invite you to contact us today.