Thorough Dental Exams & Cleanings

Thorough Dental Exam

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit.  At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.
  •  Evaluation of diagnostic 3D jaw Scans: Essential for detection of abscesses, tumors, cysts, bone loss, sinus disease and the positions of nerves and wisdom teeth.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of inflammation, gingivitis, recession, mobility, periodontal disease, attachment loss and bone loss.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decalcification and decay with the pigtail explorer, the LUM transilluminator and the early detection Diagnodent Laser.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, bridges, veneers, implants, dentures and partial dentures for breakdown, discoloration, wear, leaking, decay, defects, cracks, fractures and prosthetic performance.
  • Examination of tooth positions and occlusion: Check for misaligned teeth, spaces, rotations, missing teeth, tipping, drifting, abnormal wear and bite/tooth guidance abnormalities and interference's.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.  Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • 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: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

Contact Us

We encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments you may have. Please call our office at (507) 625-2273 or use the quick contact form below.


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