We recommend a comprehensive dental exam at least twice per year depending on your current state of oral health. At the initial exam a complete and comprehensive check of your oral health situation will be performed including x-rays, and regular checkups will include the following:
- X-rays (radiographs): X-rays assist the dentist in understanding tooth position and root positions. They are also crucial in the diagnosis of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.
- Oral cancer screening: A thorough checkup of the face, neck, lips, tongue and throat looking for signs of potential cancer.
- Evaluation For Gum Disease: Complete checkup of the gums and surrounding bone or tissue, assessing the potential for periodontal disease.
- Tooth Decay Exam: Tooth surfaces and gumlines are checked for signs of decay.
- Current Filling Checkup: Assessment of the status of current restorations and fillings.
Dental Cleaning: Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are generally the responsibility of dental hygienists, and will generally be performed by a hygienist instead of your dentist. During the cleaning part of your exam, the following procedures will be performed:
- Tartar Removal: Tartar is hard plaque that has adhered to the tooth surface and is not able to be removed through brushing or flossing. Tartar forms both above and below the gum line, and requires special instruments to be removed.
- Plaque Removal: Plaque is a nearly invisible film that is quite sticky and grows on the surfaces of the teeth and below the gums, breeding bacteria and causing the inflammation associated with periodontal disease. The hygienist will remove the plaque from your teeth using special instruments and brushes.
- Tooth Polishing: The polishing process removes any plaque, tartar and scaling that is left after the thorough cleaning and removal process is completed. Polishing gives your teeth the bright, white look that brings confidence and happiness.