Comprehensive dental exam will be performed by the dentist.
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by the dentist at your
initial visit that may include taking a series of photographs, x-rays and
a set of diagnostic models. Your regularly scheduled check-ups include
- Examination of diagnostic 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, 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.
- Occlusion Evaluation: The teeth will be examined for any changes in the bite or unusual wear patterns.
- 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
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.