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.
Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, bridges, veneers, implants, dentures and partial dentures for wear, leaking, decay, defects, cracks, fractures and prosthetic performance.
Examination of tooth positions and occusion: Check for misaligned teeth, spaces, rotations, abnormal wear and bite/tooth guidance abnormalities and interferences.
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.