A comprehensive exam is performed by your dentist at your initial visit and your regular check-up exams every 6 months will include the following:
Medical History Evaluation
The doctor will review your filled out forms with you and determine if there are precautions to take during your dental visit.
Oral cancer screening
Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
Diagnostic x-rays (radiographs)
Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
Examination of existing restorations
Check the conditions of current fillings, crowns, etc.
Examination of tooth decay
All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
Bone and Gum evaluation
Measurements are taken at this step to evaluate for Periodontal Disease.
Based on your medical history, xrays, and bone and gum evaluation your dentist will be able to determine the type of cleaning that will most benefit you
Dental Prophylaxis (Removal of Plaque): Have you ever wondered what that sticky film on your teeth is? Plaque is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that cause inflammation, redness, and bleeding. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
Scaling and Root Planning (Removal of Calculus/ Tartar): Calculus forms after plaque hardens on the surfaces of the tooth. It may be below or above the gum line. Removal of Calculus requires special dental instruments.