Preventative & Family Dentistry
Dr. Tomasik treats patients of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. Every phase of life comes with special developments and challenges. We understand that your personalized care must include finding treatment options that suit your lifestyle, health considerations, personal goals, and budget. The best care is preventions! Our family dentistry includes: exams and cleanings, children’s dentistry, prentatal dentistry, treatment for periodontal (gum) disease.
Exams and Cleanings
In addition to healthy oral hygiene and diet habits, Dr. Tomasik believes regular exams are essential to help identify potential issues before they become painful or problematic. Dr. Tomasik and our staff will closely monitor your oral health at six-month checkups and cleanings. We can help you avoid big-problem dentistry by finding and treating problems in their earliest stages.
Some of the potential issues include:
- Tooth decay: The 2nd most prevalent disease in the world behind the common cold can lead to pain, discomfort, and the need for restorative procedures.
- Periodontal (gum) disease: The primary cause of tooth loss in adults over 35, gum disease affects over half the adult population in the U.S.
- Fractures: Hairline fractures often go undetected until the tooth completely breaks, causing pain and the need for invasive procedures.
- Oral cancer
We personalize every exam to fit our patients unique needs and concerns and include:
- An oral assessment
- A complete periodontal (gum) assessment
- Oral cancer screening
- Dental assessment for fractures and decay
- Thorough cosmetic assessment (if desired)
Pregnancy is a time of wonderful excitement and anticipation. Like the rest of your body, your teeth and gums need extra-special care during this time. Studies show that many pregnant women develop pregnancy gingivitis. This condition occurs when increased levels of hormones cause gums to react to the plaque, resulting in inflammation and bleeding.Pregnant women who have gum disease are more likely to deliver premature, underweight babies. By improving their own oral health during pregnancy, mothers are more likely to deliver a healthy baby.
What You Can Do for Your Baby
Dr. Tomasik recommends scheduling your dental visit during the second trimester of your pregnancy. Regular brushing and flossing, healthy food choices, and regular checkups and cleanings will reduce dental problems that accompany pregnancy. Cleaning teeth and gums carefully and thoroughly will reduce or prevent gingivitis during your pregnancy. Choosing whole foods such as cheese, fruit, and vegetables is better for your teeth than the sweets you may crave.Please let a member of our office staff know that you’re pregnant when you schedule your appointment. Dr. Tomasik will discuss any concerns, past miscarriages, and medications you are taking. All of these factors play an important role in determining the best treatment plan for you during your pregnancy.
Dr. Tomasik partners with parents and children to develop good oral hygiene habits that foster lifelong dental health. Children should have their first dental visit as young as one year old, then six-month checkups thereafter. Cleanings usually begin by age four or five. We’ll help you teach your children the same important oral healthcare techniques and habits that you institute in your own life. Prevention is the key to good oral health, along with daily brushing and flossing, a healthy diet, and regular exams and cleanings.
Nearly 1 in 2 Americans have some form of periodontal (gum) disease, and it is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss!
Often causing little discomfort and producing few symptoms in the early stages, this aggressive disease can lead to the destruction of the connective tissue that holds your teeth in place. Also, the pathogens that cause periodontal disease are transmissable meaning it can be passed from person to person!
Signs of Periodontal Disease:
- Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing – BLEEDING GUMS ARE NOT NORMAL
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
- Receding gums
- Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down
Risk Factors of Periodontal Disease:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Infrequent dental visits
- Family history of gum disease
- The key is early detection
- With our dedicated periodontal department, many cases of gum disease can be treated without surgery in our office
- Most treatment therapy can be completed in as few as 1-2 appointments
- Because it is such an aggressive disease, we have developed a program for our patients who have had the disease to help prevent it from returning
- Sadly, left untreated, the infection can worsen and the destruction of the jaw bone can progress to the point of extreme pain and the teeth can no longer be saved.
Dr. Tomasik and our team of hygienists will provide you with an individualized treatment plan as well as provide instruction regarding the most effective brushing and flossing techniques to help you fight the disease. Call our Bee Cave dental office today!
Call our Bee Cave dental office today at 512-643-2136 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Tomasik. Our dental office offers family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic dentistry services. We are conveniently located on Highway 71 in Bee Cave, west of Austin. Many of our patients come from Barton Creek, Dripping Springs, Lost Creek, Sunset Valley, The Hills, Lakeway, and surrounding communities.
The Tomasik Comfort Difference
We take your comfort seriously and we don’t want you to miss out on having a healthy and beautiful smile. No matter what your anxiety level, we have options for making you feel at ease:
- Warm blankets
- Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
- Oral Sedation
- A board certified anesthesiologist can help you achieve deeper levels of relaxation right here in our office!