General Dentistry

Dental Care for Overall Health

At Above & Beyond Dentistry & Implants, we offer a wide variety of services to keep you healthy and looking your best. If you have had poor experiences with general dentistry in the past, you need to come meet our talented hygiene team; don’t worry, they are gentle and will try not to ask you questions when your mouth is open!

Let’s Get You Healthy!

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Oral Hygiene

Dr. Low wants his Battle Ground, Washington patients to live long and healthy lives. That is why, even if you have heard it a thousand times, he will stress the importance of regular visits to our wonderful (and gentle) hygiene team. The team is friendly and will ease any anxiety you may have about visiting the dentist. If it has been years since your last cleaning, it is the perfect opportunity to have a wellness exam done by Dr. Low’s team.

Not only are regular cleanings and exams important to keep oral infections like gum disease and cavities at bay, but did you know that preventive care and general dentistry can have an impact on your systemic health, too?

Infections of the mouth can cause expensive damage to the teeth and soft tissues that can lead to or exacerbate systemic issues like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Preventive appointments and home care can reduce your risk. If you want to keep your dental costs down and your body well, give Dr. Low and his professional team a chance to get you to optimal health.

“I really enjoyed the hygienist that cleaned my teeth. She was very nice and made me feel at ease. The child care I arranged backed out at the last minute. It is so valuable to me that I was able to bring my 8-year old twins and they could watch a movie while they were waiting.”

  • Review of your health history (medication use, changes in systemic health, etc.)
  • Gum disease assessment
  • Bone health assessment
  • Check of existing restorations
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Home care routine review (brushing and flossing)
  • X-rays if necessary
  • Address any other concerns you may have

It has been a while, what can I expect at my hygiene check-up?

The Above & Beyond team will make you feel right at home when you come in for your check-up. They will walk you through each step of your evaluation to make sure you are given every opportunity to ask questions. They will take care of any anxious feelings you may experience, and provide you with the most comfortable care imaginable. You will be asked to share any concerns or changes you may have noticed, such as tooth discoloration, bad breath, sensitivity to hot and cold, or bleeding during brushing or flossing. The team will then complete a wellness check to make sure they have a comprehensive understanding of your wellness.

Gum Disease

Research has shown a strong link between the health of your mouth and the rest of your body. As your Battle Ground, Washington dental team, Dr. Low and our hygienists stress the importance of brushing, flossing, and coming in for a cleaning at least twice a year. We want you to be your healthiest and happiest self. One way to do that is to be sure you are screened and treated for any signs or symptoms of gum disease. Gum disease is a preventable disease that, if left unchecked, can lead to tooth loss and contribute to systemic issues like heart disease and stroke.

Bacteria are present both above and below the gum line. The bacteria feed on sugars and produce acidic toxins that can irritate your gums. Gum disease is caused by the growth of bacteria on the teeth and gums. Your gums may swell or bleed easily when they are irritated. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar, which can irritate gums to the point where they begin to pull away from the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss.

An infection in the mouth is as urgent as any other infection in the body, so Dr. Low takes his role in disease prevention seriously. If you feel like you have gum disease or any of the symptoms listed, you should come in and get checked out before things progress. Gum disease is preventable and treatable, so the sooner we catch it, the better. Gum disease treatment can repair damage and restore your oral health with little discomfort.

Dr. Low is proud to be a Chao Pinhole Certified Dentist in Battle Ground, which is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting techniques for treating gum recession. Learn more about Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.

What happens if gum disease goes untreated?

If left untreated, gum disease can be devastating. Some long-term effects may include:

  • Loss of teeth
  • Recession of gums
  • Loss of bone
  • Contribution to or intensification of systemic issues like diabetes and heart disease

How do I know if I have gum disease?

If you find your gums bleed when you brush or floss, or if you find that you are unable to get rid of bad breath, it may be a sign of gum disease.Gum disease symptoms often include:

  • Red or puffy gums
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth

Tooth Colored Fillings

Almost all Battle Ground, Washington residents have had a cavity filled at least once in their lifetime. At Above & Beyond Dentistry & Implants, we offer our patients a choice of the material used to give their decayed tooth back the support it needs to function normally. In the past, the only options for fillings were metal, silver or gold. Today, we have the option to restore teeth with composite tooth-colored filling material that seamlessly blends with the surrounding teeth. Fillings are meant to be strong and durable, providing support to a tooth that has lost some of its natural structure due to tooth decay. Both amalgam and composite fillings can provide that support, but there are advantages and disadvantages to each.

Metal Amalgam Fillings

There are some drawbacks associated with silver amalgam fillings, including:

  • Temperature changes in the mouth may cause the amalgam to expand and contract over a period of time, which can damage the integrity of the tooth
  • More of the natural tooth structure must be removed in order to prepare the tooth for the silver filling material
  • The silver amalgam material is noticeable and shows that dental work has been done
  • Some patients are concerned about the potential dangers of the mercury that is found in amalgam fillings

Composite Tooth Colored Fillings

Most patients elect to get white composite fillings instead of silver amalgam fillings for the following reasons:

  • Fewer health risks associated with the use of composite fillings
  • Less post-treatment discomfort and sensitivity
  • The tooth-colored material can be matched to blend in with surrounding teeth
  • Strong and durable
  • Single visit for filling
  • Maximum amount of healthy tooth is preserved
  • Small risk of leakage if bonded only to the enamel
  • Does not corrode
  • Holds up well to the force of biting

Contact Us

We are excited for the opportunity to meet you and get started on your smile. Feel free to come in and talk to us about your goals; we can come up with a plan to get you there! Give us a call today at (360) 369-4146.

Office Hours

Monday 8-5 | Tuesday 8-5
Wednesday 7-4 | Thursday 7-4

(360) 369-4146
1908 NW 1st Way, Ste 105
Battle Ground, WA 98604