Office Hours:

MON – TUE 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

WED 8:30 am – 1:30 pm*

THURS 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

FRI 8:30 am – 1:30 pm*

*Closed – Alternating Weekly Call For Appointment

Preventative Dentistry

Durham Preventative Dentistry

Teeth Cleanings and Continuing Care of your Teeth: More than “just a cleaning”

In Dr. Ramos’s office, a cleaning is only the tip of the iceberg. A maintenance or Continuing Care visit is as essential to keeping your health as putting oil in your car is essential to keep driving.

Our Continuing Care Visits are an important part of this practice. We believe that optimal oral hygiene is essential to prolong the life of your teeth and any dental treatment you have or will have in the future. Our hygienists work together with Dr. Ramos to help you recognize the state of your dental health and help you to discover what is best for you.

An appointment with our hygienist for Continuing Care will vary according to your needs and may include the following:

  • Updating your medical history
  • Reviewing your current concerns
  • Taking annual cavity-detecting digital radiographs (bitewing x-rays)
  • Updating complete series of radiographs (FMX) every 3-5 years
  • Examination of existing restorations and diagnose any new decay or conditions
  • DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection
  • Oral Cancer Examination
  • Oral Cancer enhanced with special OralID fluorescence light
  • Occlusal (bite and TMJ) Examination
  • Periodontal (gum) Examination and Plaque and Bleeding Indices
  • Full mouth scale and polish (prophylaxis)
  • Application of topical fluoride or desensitizing agents
  • Oral Hygiene Instructions individualize per patient
  • Sealants
  • Ultrasonic cleaning of Night guards or Partial Dentures
  • Annual Dental Fitness Report developed by Dr. Ramos to measure specific markers of dental health

On of the most important services we offer at the Continuing Care appointment is CONTINUITY OF CARE and KNOWING YOUR NEEDS INDIVIDUALLY. Only when the doctor and staff get to know you time after time can me make truly helpful suggestions to improve your dental health.

Advantages of Early Cavity Detection and Increased Patient Comfort

Dr. Ramos offers two NEW high tech ergonomic devices that speed up quality dental care and make patients more comfortable: DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Detection and the Isolite Mouthpiece. Both offer unique advantages and are becoming increasingly popular among dental patients. In fact, based on patient feedback, Dr. Ramos says “My patients love that we use these and request them when they come back. The Isolite Mouthpiece is especially helpful for people with small mouths, limited opening ability and anxiety.”

Top Patient Advantages to DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Detection:

Cavity Diagnostic | Durham Preventative Dentistry

  • Very early cavity detection with much more certainty
  • Provides precise and reliable measurements. Proven to be 90% accurate
  • Results in less invasive procedures, less drilling, no unnecessary drilling
  • No x-ray exposure
  • Simple, fast and painless examination

 

OralID

Oral Cancer Screening | Durham Preventative DentistryOral cancer’s incidence rate has increased the last five years in a row.

Oral cancer’s high mortality rate is due to late-stage discovery (Stage III and IV).  The mortality rate for oral cancer is higher than the rates for cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid cancer and skin cancer.

These are disturbing statistics.  As part of our regular continuing care appointments we offer inexpensive Oral ID early detection oral cancer examination.  Oral ID uses fluorescence technology that allows a clinician to identify oral cancer, pre-cancer and other abnormal lesions at an earlier stage, thus savings.

What Our Patients Are Saying

“Dr Ramos and staff are extremely professional but also friendly Having extremely sensitive teeth, I really appreciate the extra care taken to ensure I am comfortable with all procedures. Dr Ramos, too, is very logical in her approach and does not recommend a plan to do a service that is not necessary I gladly make the drive from Garner to Durham to keep Dr Ramos as my dentist.”

– Dawn G.

“Dr. Ramos and staff are phenomenal. I always value her expertise and knowledge and appreciate her walking me through each step towards my dental health. The staff are friendly and always strive to make you as comfortable as possible. She has a terrific practice and I always recommend her to those looking for a new dentist.”

– Anne B.

“Dr. Ramos and her staff provide the best dental care I have ever had. Kristi is an amazing hygienist and teaches you tricks about brushing and flossing that no one else ever tells you. This is not a corporate office where they give minimal care and maximize profit. Dr. Ramos and her staff really care and give individual attention way beyond what you get in other dental practices.”

– Lori B.

Coronavirus Message To Our Patients

In response to the Coronavirus crisis the NC State Dental Board and the American Dental Association have advised closure of dental offices for 2 weeks at this time. We will be closed for all appointments from March 17 through April 6. We will be checking messages and emails sent to the office regarding scheduling and insurance issues on a daily basis during the closure, so please leave a message and someone will get back to you within 24 hours.

If you are a patient of record of this office and have a true dental emergency, call Dr. Ramos at 919-270-8200, she will be available for consultation regarding the best course of action for emergency care.

Patients exhibiting fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches or having foreign travel with in the last 30 days or travel to high risk American cities (including connections) or in close contact with anyone with these symptoms or travel, can not be seen and will be referred to the emergency department or UNC school of Dentistry.

Thank you for your understanding as we care for you and the community.

We look forward to seeing you as soon as we can.

Dr. Ramos and Team