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Dental Exams & Cleanings

Dental Exam

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your doctor at your initial dental visit as well as at all your periodic check-up appointments.

  • Examination with x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, lymph nodes, thyroid, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

Professional Dental Cleaning

This treatment is provided at your initial comprehensive exam visit and at all your subsequent periodic check up visits, usually every 3 months or 6 months depending on your need.  Your doctor will examine your oral condition and will establish what level of cleaning your teeth and oral tissues require.

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease.
  • Teeth polishing: Removal of any remaining stain and plaque.