Murphy Family Dentistry

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Family Dentistry At Parkside Dental

Drs. Jean and Jason Larsen specialize in treating dental patients of all ages, from toddlers to grandparents.

Preventive care is the key to optimal long-term oral health and routine care helps you avoid issues like cavities and gum disease.

We use the latest dental technology and techniques to keep you comfortable during every appointment.

Our flexible hours at Parkside Dental make it easy to get dentistry that fits your schedule and your needs.

What can I expect during routine hygiene appointments and cleanings?

To begin preventive appointments, your hygienist will conduct a basic oral exam to identify any dental issues. Next, you’ll receive a standard cleaning and your hygienist will begin removing plaque and tartar from all the surfaces of your teeth. Once your mouth is clean, Dr. Jean or Dr. Jason Larsen will conduct a thorough oral exam, paying close attention to any areas of concern that your hygienist may have uncovered. If a treatment plan is necessary, we’ll offer honest advice about where to begin and what needs to be done to get you back to optimal health.

What are digital x-rays?

A digital x-ray is much faster and more comfortable than traditional x-rays. Digital x-rays are taken using a digital x-ray sensor. This means that you won’t have to sit through a series of uncomfortable photographs, and the digital image of your teeth and gum tissue is available within seconds. Digital x-rays make preventive appointments much more enjoyable and they also give our doctors a way to communicate with you more effectively by showing you images of your dental health almost instantaneously.

How can fluoride treatments strengthen my teeth?

Fluoride treatments may be recommended by Dr. Jean or Dr. Jason if you have “soft spots” in your enamel. Soft spots are the first stage of tooth decay and they indicate that your tooth has become weak, but a cavity has not yet fully developed. Fluoride has the unique ability to “remineralize” and strengthen tooth enamel and restore compromised teeth. The treatment is non-invasive, painless, and takes only a few minutes. A highly-concentrated fluoride gel will be “painted” onto your teeth, then you’ll spit out the gel and refrain from eating or drinking for 30 minutes after the treatment. After that, your teeth will be stronger, healthier, and better protected.

How do dental sealants protect teeth?

Dental sealants are made of a special type of dental resin. During treatment, the substance in liquid form is painted onto your rear molars. When the resin hardens, it creates a durable barrier that prevents your teeth from directly contacting oral bacteria and acid. Dental sealants are usually applied to rear molars because these teeth are most susceptible to decay and cavities. Sealants can protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years.

Do I need periodontal care?

Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) affects nearly half of American adults. The most common symptoms of early-stage gingivitis (gum disease) are easy to recognize. You should consider coming in for a consultation at Parkside Dental if you notice any symptoms such as bleeding when brushing, discoloration and swelling of your gums, gum tenderness, “spongy” gums, or persistent bad breath (halitosis). If you have periodontal disease, our team offers compassionate, judgement-free treatment to halt and reverse the damage caused to your teeth and gums.

What happens during an oral cancer screening?

During an oral cancer screening, Dr. Jean or Dr. Jason will use a special OralID intraoral camera to identify any potential cancerous or precancerous lesions. With its unique, fluorescent design, this device makes it easy to identify tissue abnormalities. The process is completely non-invasive and takes only a few minutes. It can be done as part of any standard teeth cleaning and oral exam.

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