List of Services
Your Initial Exam
Tobacco & Dental Health
Pregnancy & Dental Health
Newborn to 6 Year Old Care
Clenching & Grinding
Periodontal (GUM) Disease
What is it?
What Causes It?
Do Not Ignore the Signs
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Why Professional Cleaning?
Necessary even for those with the best oral home care
Saliva mineralizes plaque that forms throughout day causing calculus to form
Calculus harbors bacteria that causes gingivitis and periodontal disease
Calculus can only be removed by a dental professional
Yearly Radiographs (X-Rays)
Bitewing X-Rays are recommended once a year and give the doctor very valuable information.
Show cavities (tooth decay) between teeth; without x-rays, decay between teeth has to be very large to be diagnosable within the mouth at which point the tooth may require root canal therapy and crown or extraction.
Show bone levels to determine periodontal health
Without bitewing x-rays, the doctor can only see about 50% or less of what needs to be seen to properly complete an exam
Panoramic radiographs are taken every 3-5 years
Show all teeth and their entire root structures
Show infection, abscesses, lesions, tumors and other abnormalities that would otherwise not be found with small bitetab style radiographs
Show sinuses, the TMJ (temporomandibular joint), and wisdom teeth
Show bone levels and nerve placement for such procedures as dental implants and extractions
Monitor eruption pattern in pediatric patients
Exam Every 6 Months
Allows for early diagnosis of gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay (cavities), and fractures so that they can be addressed while still easier and simpler to treat.
Allows for the most conservative dentistry possible