The services we provide
What kind of dental care do you and your family really need? How often should you have an oral cancer screening? Which is the better option for replacing missing teeth, dentures or dental implant restorations? At University Family Dental, your dental health needs are our highest priority. Our expertise and experience encompass a comprehensive array of services and treatments:
Cosmetic dentistry – For many, form is just as important as function. We create beautiful smiles with porcelain veneers for a chipped tooth or teeth that are stained, discolored, crooked or worn or poorly spaced front teeth that can have unsightly gaps. We can whiten your teeth in-office or provide professional-strength teeth whitening gel in take-home kit form. Read more about cosmetic dentistry
Invisalign® braces and Invisalign Teen® – Straighten your teeth without metal or wires. Invisalign clear aligners are comfortable, removable and virtually invisible. Best of all, they will dramatically improve your smile – at any age! Read more about Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®
Dental implants – More like your natural teeth than dentures, implants are permanent tooth implant restorations that look and feel like your own teeth. Read more about implant dentistry
Restorative dentistry – Restore your smile to complete health. Crowns and bridges restore and protect damaged teeth and fill the space left by a lost tooth. We can complete your smile and restore your mouth function quickly and cost-effectively. Read more about restorative dentisty
Periodontal (gum) care –Healthy gums are the key to dental health. Professional cleanings, daily flossing at home, deep scaling or root planing protect gums. Read more about periodontal (gum) care
Botox and dermal fillers – Improve your appearance by softly reducing lines and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead and mouth. Botox and dermal fillers are a simple way to diminish signs of aging. Read more about Botox and dermal fillers
Oral cancer screening
Protect yourself from oral cancer with our state-of-the-art VELscope® early detection oral cancer screening technology. Most dentists recommend that you have an oral cancer screening at least once each year.
What is oral cancer screening?
Oral cancer screening is an exam we perform to look for signs of oral cancer and precancerous conditions. The chance of curing oral cancer is much greater if we identify it early. We typically perform oral cancer screening at each routine dental visit, such as when you have your teeth cleaned and X-rayed twice each year. We can also perform special tests during oral cancer screening after we identify any suspicious signs or symptoms.
Who benefits most from oral cancer screening?
Certain groups of people have a higher risk for oral cancer because of lifestyle choices. For example, tobacco use of any kind increases your risk. That includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco, which are dangerous and risky behaviors. Heavy alcohol use is another factor, along with significant sun exposure and family history, which increase the risk for mouth cancers. People in these groups probably benefit most from oral cancer screenings.
You should know there’s no evidence that routine Oral cancer screening can reduce the number of deaths caused by oral cancer. However, Oral cancer screening may help us find mouth cancers early – when a cure is more likely.
What you should expect during oral cancer screening
You don’t need any special preparation for your Oral cancer screening. Your dentist typically checks your mouth for signs of mouth cancer during routine dental visits. Your dentist looks for red or white patches or sores inside your mouth. With gloved hands, your dentist checks the tissues in your mouth for lumps and other abnormalities. If you wear removable complete or partial dentures, we will ask you to remove them so we can examine the gum tissue underneath the denture.
Some dentists use special additional tests to screen for oral cancer. These oral cancer screening tests may involve rinsing with a blue dye before your exam. Any abnormal cells in your mouth will absorb the dye and appear blue. We may shine a special light in your mouth during the exam. This light makes healthy tissue look dark and abnormal tissue look white. If your dentist finds signs of mouth cancer or precancerous lesions, he or she may recommend a follow-up visit weeks later to see if the abnormality is still present and whether it has grown or changed.
We may perform a biopsy procedure to remove a cell sample for lab analysis to determine whether cancer cells are present. Your dentist may perform this biopsy or refer you to a doctor who specializes in oral cancer.
CariFree® cavity screening and treatment
At University Family Dental, we can assess your risk factors for cavities, also known as dental caries. We can assess biofilm challenges and the presence of decay using the technologically advanced CariFree Screening and Treatment System. The system uses the patent-pending CariScreen Caries Susceptibility Test. This simple one-minute chairside bacterial test helps our dentists assess patients’ caries risk. ariScreen uses ATP bioluminescence to identify oral bacteria. It has been proven to correlate with patients’ risk for tooth decay. The test is not only quick but painless, too. Take the CariFree® screening test and learn how to manage your risk for cavities and prevent cavities. (Learn more at CariFree.com.)
Benefits of technologically advanced cavity treatment
Other benefits of CariFree include:
- Provides a complete assessment of each patient’s risk for future decay
- Identifies multiple therapy options from which the patient can choose
- The system is proven based on statistical studies on over 12,000 patients
- Helps patients understand their individual risk factors
- Helps us monitor therapy progress to increase the likelihood of success
To learn more about our dental services, please call our practice at 575.521.0127. For your convenience, you can book your preferred consultation by filling out our online Request an Appointment form. We offer our services to residents of Mesilla, Doña Ana, Mesquite, Las Cruces, Vado and neighboring communities.