Preventive Dental Care

We offer the best in family dentistry, and that starts with effective preventive care. When you choose our Tuscaloosa dental office for your family’s dental needs, you are getting a dedicated partner to support the health and wellness of your entire family.

Comprehensive Dental Exams

Having a dental exam in our office is like taking a snap shot of your oral health. Dr. Tickle examines the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw, and performs an oral cancer screening. This allows him to gather information needed to make sure you stay in good oral health. During your exam, Dr. Tickle will:

  • Look for decay
  • Check for signs of gum disease
  • Evaluate your jaw health
  • Perform an oral cancer screening
  • Look for cracks or broken teeth
  • Check integrity of current restorations
  • Assess bone levels
  • Watch for infection
  • Feel for cysts
  • Look for tumors
  • Measure any gum recession
  • Evaluate your occlusion (your bite)

As you can see, a comprehensive exam covers all of the bases. Once Dr. Tickle has this information, he will share any current dental concerns and discuss potential treatment options and their outcomes, including what we could expect if you choose not to have treatment.

We believe in providing our patients with the information they need to stay healthy. We don’t believe in high-pressure dentistry. The final decision is always yours to make. We are your partners in health and will always be completely honest with you.

Diagnostic Digital X-Rays

We take periodic dental x-rays in our office in order to see what we cannot be seen with our eyes alone. Digital x-rays give us a window to your bone health, the internal health of your teeth, and allow us to diagnose common conditions, like decay, while they are in their early stages.

Unless you have a dental emergency, you can expect to have x-rays once per year. If you have a dental emergency, we may need to take images to accurately diagnose your condition. Fortunately, with today’s technology, dental x-rays are ultra-low in radiation. In fact, dental x-rays have always been among the lowest. With the implementation of digital x-rays, radiation is reduced by an impressive 80 percent.

Gentle Professional Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings are never one-size-fits-all in our office. Because each person is different and has different needs, we approach your dental cleanings that way. If it has been a while since you had a cleaning, you might have some catching up to do. We will help you get back on track to good periodontal (gum) health.

If you go to the dentist regularly and have little restorative dentistry (such as fillings, crowns, and bonding), you will need a different type of cleaning than someone with gum disease. Our hygienists are experts at providing the type of cleaning you need to reach optimum dental health.

Our hygiene team is also very gentle and puts your comfort first. The right instruments, the skills of our hygienists, and our welcoming atmosphere mean a comfortable professional dental cleaning every time.

Call Us to Schedule Your Next Appointment

Are you a regular patient or someone looking for a new dentist? Contact our friendly Tuscaloosa dental office today and set up your next appointment. At Mark Tickle, DMD, Family, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry, you will receive the best dental care available and outstanding service.