General and Preventive Dentistry in Salem, OR

Preventive and general dentistry provides the foundation for you and your family to keep your smiles healthy. Taking care of your dental health has never been more important because we know there is a strong correlation between your oral health and your well-being.

Your general dentist in Salem, OR, Dr. Seth Huish, provides a wide range of services that families need to protect their dental health and their overall health. We take care of young children, teens, adults, and seniors alike, providing the general and preventive dental services needed for a healthy and beautiful smile.

To schedule your next dental appointment, contact Salem Dental today at (503) 378-1212.

Preventive Dentistry in Salem, OR 97302 to Protect Your Smile

At Salem Dental, we focus on preventive dentistry as our foundation, believing that the best dentistry is the treatment you can avoid. Preventive dentistry aims to stop oral conditions before they start, and we will customize a preventive treatment plan to help you maintain a healthy smile.

Preventive dentistry offers these services and more:

  • Dental exams
  • Cleanings
  • Dental x-rays
  • Hygiene instruction
  • Fluoride varnish applications
  • Fissure sealants
  • Athletic mouthguards
  • Nightguards for teeth grinding

For most healthy patients, twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings will help you keep your smile on track. By maintaining your routine dental appointments, Salem, OR dentist, Dr. Seth Huish, can identify problems such as decay and gum disease before they become a painful dental emergency or require extraction.

Protect Yourself from Gum Disease

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the tissues and bone that support your teeth. The infection can be the result of poor dental hygiene that allows plaque and bacteria to buildup and infect your gums and, eventually, your bone. If it's left untreated, gum disease can result in tooth loss. It's the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.

Science has proven there is a definite connection between the bacteria that causes gum disease and that which causes other health concerns like diabetes, heart disease, dementia, low birth weight in babies, high blood pressure, and stroke. When you suffer from gum disease, the bacteria causing the inflammation that contributes to your infection can enter your bloodstream and travel to other areas of your body and join the inflammation that is causing those other chronic health concerns and vice versa.

A consistent and excellent home care routine combined with regular examinations and cleanings with your Salem dentist every six months is the best way to combat gum disease. Some early symptoms can be red and swollen gums, chronic bad breath, and bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth. Contact your team at Salem Dental to schedule an appointment today if you are noticing signs of gum disease.

General Dentistry Your Family Can Rely On

General dentistry refers to the basics of dental care, and also includes advanced treatments such as dental implants, orthodontics, and surgical procedures, depending on the experience of the attending dentist. General dentistry also includes cosmetic procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening, and full smile makeovers.

A great majority of general dentistry in Salem, OR involves treating damaged or decayed teeth to prolong their comfort and function. Most of us will require a filling or dental crown at some point in our lives. Many conditions require dental x-rays to diagnose properly, as they are not visible with the naked eye alone. 

At Salem Dental, you can count on natural-looking dentistry to protect your teeth while improving your smile. White fillings, porcelain crowns, and veneers all improve function as we as the appearance of your smile.

Teeth Replacement Options

When tooth loss occurs, replacing the missing tooth or teeth as quickly as possible is advised. When left too long, the remaining teeth will shift toward the gap in your smile and can cause a misaligned bite and expose sensitive roots. Not to mention that your bone begins to dissolve without a root to support. This can add years to your appearance and affect support for neighboring teeth.

Your Salem dentist can help you replace your missing teeth with a dental implant, bridge, complete dentures, or partial dentures to complete your smile and make it easier to eat the foods you love most.

Tooth Implants

Many consider tooth implants to be the gold standard in tooth replacement since this treatment restores both your tooth and your root. This protects your dental health as no other tooth-replacement option can.

A dental implant is easy to care for as it feels, looks and functions like a natural tooth, and you'll easily be able to brush and floss. It also offers exceptional longevity since it can potentially last for a lifetime with the right home care and consistent dental checkups.

Dr. Huish and his team can guide you through the process of restoring both your tooth and your oral health with dental implants in Salem, OR.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge can be an ideal option for replacing one or more lost teeth that are next to each other. Using dental crowns as anchors to healthy teeth, a bridge has one or multiple prosthetic teeth attached in the middle. Typically made of ceramic porcelain, a bridge restores both the function to your teeth and aesthetics to your smile.

Partial Dentures

Are you missing multiple teeth but still have many healthy teeth left? A partial denture can be an excellent option to restore your smile.

Using metal or plastic clasps, a partial anchors to healthy teeth and fills in the open spaces with prosthetic teeth attached to a removable appliance.

Complete Dentures

If it's time to replace all of your teeth, a denture is the way to go. It's a removable appliance made of acrylic and designed to restore and complement your smile. A denture can also be supported with dental implants to provide an even more secure and stable fit.

Don't let missing teeth impact your life. Dr. Huish would love to discuss your options for tooth replacement with you. Contact Salem Dental today to schedule an evaluation.

Emergency Dental Appointments

While we strive to prevent dental emergencies, sometimes they occur, and you will find us here when you need us most. We provide same-day dental emergency appointments in our Salem, OR dental office for the benefit of our patients who need relief from a toothache or other oral condition. Some of the dental emergencies we help with are:

  • Broken teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Cracked or broken dentures
  • Abscessed or infected teeth
  • Lost restorations like fillings or crowns

We welcome you to contact us at the first sign that something is wrong, even if you're not sure your situation is a true dental emergency. Putting off treatment could result in a more costly procedure or a tooth extraction – something we strive to help our patients avoid. We are happy to assess your situation over the phone and determine if you need immediate attention.

Please contact Salem Dental at (503) 378-1212 right away if you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency.

Is it Time for Your Next Dental Appointment?

We warmly welcome new patients to our Salem, OR dental practice. Our experienced and gentle team will make receiving your necessary care a positive routine for each member of your family.