At your first visit to our office, the dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam. Thereafter, you will receive an annual exam at your regular check up appointment which will include the following:
- Diagnostic radiographs (x-rays): X-rays are the best way cavities can be properly detected in between teeth. X-rays are also crucial to evaluate bone levels and to check for lesions, infections, and cysts.
- Oral cancer exam: Evaluate the hard and soft tissues of the neck, face and oral cavity to detect any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: The gum and bone around the teeth will be measured and examined for signs of inflammation or disease.
- Tooth decay: Teeth will be examined individually using dental instruments to detect cavities.
- Existing restorations: Each existing restoration in the mouth (ie. Fillings, crowns, implants, etc.) will be examined for recurrent decay, integrity of margins, and proper fit and function.
A Registered Dental Hygienist will perform your dental cleaning. This appointment will include a dental exam, as well as:
- Calculus (tartar) removal: When plaque is left on the tooth surface for long period of time, it becomes hard and adheres to the outer portion of the tooth both above and below the gum line. Because it adheres to the tooth, it can only be removed with dental instruments by a dental professional.
- Plaque removal: Plaque is a soft, sticky substance that forms on the outer surface of our teeth. It is made up of bacteria that multiply in the presence of food debris and saliva. Gum inflammation is caused by the toxins that theses bacteria release in the mouth.
- Teeth polishing: It is important to remove surface stains from the teeth as bacteria can readily attach to the stain layer. Certain stains, such as coffee or tea, can be difficult to remove with tooth brushing. The polishing solution used in the dental office helps remove these surface stains and make the teeth smooth.