Regular dental exams and professional teeth cleanings are the cornerstone of good dental health. Initial visits and regular checkups are provided by our friendly and personable hygiene staff, along with our doctors.
Diagnostic, Digital X-rays, and Intraoral Cameras
Advanced digital radiography provides 50-70% less radiation versus conventional x-rays. In addition, intraoral cameras provide both of us with a close-up look at your dental health. Coupled with computer monitoring, these technologies allow us to enhance images for better diagnosis.
Professional Dental Cleanings
A professional dental cleaning ensures that those tough-to-reach areas behind and around teeth get good and clean. Our registered and experienced hygiene staff performs cleanings to thoroughly remove calculus (tartar) and plaque and polish the teeth. It is recommended that you visit us for a dental cleaning at least twice each year, or more if you are prone to cavities and gingivitis.
Sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn’t brush, but because the tooth structure is too narrow to allow even one bristle into them.
Oral Cancer Screenings with VELscope Vx
Using a special type of light, this device allows for the early detection of cancer in the mouth by identifying abnormal tissue through a non-invasive, painless screening. This allows cancer to be stopped before it spreads – potentially saving lives with less invasive and more effective treatment options.
Gum Disease Evaluation
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one’s teeth and are referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is unhealthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. If you’re having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away.
Non-Surgical Gum Treatments
We will check the gums and bone around teeth to detect the presence of periodontal disease. If we find signs of gum disease, treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.