Dental Exams & Cleanings
Your dentist will conduct a detailed dental exam when you visit initially. The following will be performed by your dentist at check-up exams:
- Examination of diagnostic X-rays (radiographs): ideal for detecting bone loss, tumor, cysts, and decay. Tooth and root positions can also be revealed by X-rays
- Oral cancer screening: examine the facial tissues, gums, throat, neck, tongue, and lips symptoms of oral cancer.
- Evaluation of gum disease: examine the bone and gums around the teeth to see if there are any signs of periodontal disease.
- Examination of tooth decay: check tooth surfaces for decay using special dental tools.
- Examination of existing restorations: examine current crowns, fillings, etc.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional dental cleaning, also known as dental prophylaxis, is conducted by Registered Dental Hygienists. During your cleaning appointment you will undergo a dental exam, as well as the following:
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus refers to a hardened plague that has been attached to the surface of the tooth. It forms below and above the gum and can only be cleaned using special instruments.
- Plague Removal: plague refers to an almost invisible film that covers the teeth surface. It is sticky and contains saliva, food debris and a growing colony of bacteria. The bacteria generate toxins that cause inflammation of the gums. Periodontal disease also begins with this inflammation!
- Teeth polishing: Get rid of plague and stain that tooth scaling and brushing fail to remove.