General Dentistry

New Orleans dentist Dr. Richard Rathke looks forward to getting to know you so he can provide you with the gentle yet effective dental care you need to enjoy good oral health. At our one-doctor practice, Dr. Rathke will be the only dentist you see at every appointment.

If it’s been a while since you have last visited the dentist, rest assured that we are not here to judge you. We just want to get you back on track for good oral health!

Prevention Means Healthy Smiles and Healthy Bodies

When it comes to dentistry, prevention is critical, which is why routine cleanings and checkups are so important. Even if you are a diligent brusher and flosser, bacteria and plaque build up on your teeth between dental visits and can only be removed with special dental tools. By seeing us every six months, we can note any changes in the health of your mouth, such as tooth decay or gum infection.

Routine cleanings and check-ups are essential to ensure good oral health. During cleanings, we remove bacteria and plaque from hard-to-reach places. Bi-annual exams allow us to note changes in the health of your teeth and gums, meaning we can identify decay or infection in their earliest stages.

Oral cancer screening is also necessary, and for most people, the dentist is the only healthcare professional who looks at the mouth.

We can provide most of the dental treatment you’ll ever need. Our general dental services include examinations and cleanings, tooth-colored fillings, root canals, periodontal treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, and emergency services. If you need restorative services, we can talk to you about crowns, bridges, dentures, and dental implants. When you enjoy good oral health but wish your smile could be improved, we can go over some of our cosmetic dentistry options, including teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

You Can't Have Healthy Mouths without Healthy Gums

Gum disease affects millions of people in this country, and many are not receiving treatment for it because they have no idea they have it. Frequently, gum disease is present with no symptoms. The only way to know for sure if your gums are healthy is to visit your dentist routinely.

The risk of gum disease usually starts with plaque that is not removed from the teeth, so it hardens and turns into tartar (also called calculus). There is bacteria in the tartar, which can infect the gums.

The earlier gum disease is detected, the easier it is to treat. Gum disease in its earliest stage is called gingivitis. If people have any symptoms at this stage, they might notice bloody gums after they brush and floss. Their gums might also be swollen.

Gingivitis will get worse if it is not treated and turn into periodontitis. Periodontitis can result in tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the main reason for tooth loss among adults.

Call Downtown Dental to Make an Appointment

See Dr. Rathke twice each year to make sure you maintain good oral health for life. Call us today!