Torrance Preventive Dentistry Helps Preserve Oral Health
Maintaining a strong, healthy smile over the years requires a combination of quality professional maintenance and diligent at-home care. At Torrance Dentistry, Dr. Steve Yabuno and the rest of our team are happy to help support you with preventive services that make a real difference. Thorough examinations, refreshing hygiene, and other treatment options provide valuable protection for teeth and gums, and we’ll be sure to identify any potential concerns as early as possible to prevent more significant damage down the road. Your safety and comfort are always top priorities! Contact our Torrance, CA practice today to schedule an appointment for you or a family member.
Check-ups & Cleanings
Even patients who brush and floss often can fall victim to dental problems that go unnoticed by an untrained eye – that’s why it’s so important to attend routine check-ups and cleanings with a trusted dental team like ours here in Torrance. Dr. Yabuno or Dr. Wong will perform a comprehensive examination of your oral health with the helpful aid of digital X-rays, paying special attention to the tooth surfaces, gum tissue, bite, existing restorative work, and more. Once this process is complete and we’ve identified any sources of concern, our team can discuss potential treatment options that will meet your needs and restore health to your smile.
Cleanings are also necessary because they allow one of our excellent hygienists to remove decay-causing plaque and tartar from the mouth, as well as minor dental stains. By banishing dangerous bacteria as early on as possible, patients can enjoy stronger oral health and nicely polished teeth.
Nightguards for TMJ/Bruxism
Are any of the following symptoms familiar to you?
- Pain/general discomfort located in the jaw and face
- Constant headaches/earaches
- Increased dental sensitivity
- Facial muscles that feel unusually tight or strained
- Worn-down/damaged teeth with no known cause
If the answer is “yes,” you may be experiencing bruxism (teeth grinding) or TMJ disorder, which causes severe pain in the temporomandibular joints and/or the muscles around them. At Torrance Dentistry, our team wants to help relieve this constant discomfort for patients from Hawthorne, CA and surrounding areas – that’s why we can create a customized oral appliance that minimizes contact between teeth and allows your bite to rest. This “nightguard” is typically worn during sleep, and its consistent use can be combined with massage, medication, changes in diet, and other helpful therapies to create promising results for your oral health and overall wellbeing.
Sealants are thin, plastic coatings that our team can apply to deep chewing surfaces of certain teeth to reduce their risk of decay. This valuable preventive service is simple, fast, and comfortable, only requiring a single appointment. Our doctors are likely to recommend it for children who are still learning how to properly keep teeth clean and adults who struggle with teeth that are highly cavity-prone. While sealants should stay in place for several years once placed, our team will check them for signs of wear-and-tear during regular dental visits.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Tens of thousands of new oral cancer cases are diagnosed every year, and many of them have already become so advanced that the chances of a successful recovery are slim. That’s why Dr. Yabuno and the rest of our team here in Torrance make every effort to diagnose oral cancer as early as possible with routine screenings. During your oral examination, we will carefully review your soft tissue and make note of any concerning symptoms, which may include:
- Red or white patches of skin within the mouth
- Sores that are healing slowly and bleeding with little prompting
- Crusty/thickened oral areas
- Lumps in the throat or mouth
If your condition suggests that there may be cancerous cells present, further steps can be taken to test the area and form a solid diagnosis for your safety.
Digital X-Rays & Intraoral Cameras
Here in Torrance, our dental team has combined a warm, old-fashioned practice atmosphere with modern touches that benefit your appointments in valuable ways. Digital X-rays have greatly improved on the traditional film method, allowing us to capture high-resolution images of your dental structures that are immediately visible on our computer system; radiation exposure is greatly reduced as well, making them safer for our patients. Intraoral cameras are also an excellent diagnostic and educational tool, broadcasting your smile on the big screen with the help of a camera-tipped wand inserted into the mouth.
Sleep Apnea Therapy
If you’re struggling with chronic, excessively loud snoring, morning headaches, or daytime exhaustion on a regular basis, you may have sleep apnea. This condition is usually caused by a partially or fully blocked airway that occurs during sleep, which results in frequent awakenings throughout the night and fractured, incomplete rest. The journey towards finding relief from sleep apnea can be a long one – maybe you’re still attempting to understand your symptoms, or maybe you’re finding that traditional treatment with a CPAP machine isn’t the right option for you. In either case, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Steve Yabuno here in Torrance, CA for help and long-lasting relief.
Many patients don’t realize that a dentist can effectively treat their sleep apnea, but it’s true in many cases. Our team will design a customized oral appliance (also known as a “snoreguard”) that’s meant to be worn comfortably during sleep; once in place, the appliance will reposition the patient’s jaw and/or tongue just enough to keep air flowing freely and prevent blockage. This means that you’ll be able to rest soundly and wake up feeling ready for the day ahead at last.