Cleaning and checkups
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist will include the following:
Examination of diagnostic x-rays : Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
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
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.
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.
Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.