OUR SERVICES: HYGIENE
Oral hygiene checkups are recommended every six months for most patients, and are an effective way to detect early stages of any problems that may be developing. Our hygienists will remove plaque from your teeth with a professional cleaning, measure your gingival pockets, and perform a visual examination of your mouth and surrounding areas. After your cleaning, your dentist will inspect your mouth, set up a treatment plan and answer your questions.
ROUTINE DENTAL CHECKUPS
Routine dental checkups are vital to good oral hygiene and are the best way to detect problems at their earliest stages. Early detection and treatment saves unnecessary discomfort, time and money.
The Academy of General Dentistry recommends checkups twice a year. Oral hygiene needs change with age and the condition of your teeth and gums. Your dentist may recommend a checkup schedule that is more or less frequent than twice a year.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your dental checkup includes:
A visual exam of your mouth, face, jaw and neck
Digital diagnostics, as determined by your dentist
A gingival pocket exam
Professional cleaning of your teeth
Comprehensive data capture in an electronic dental record
During a visual exam, your dentist will use an intraoral camera with sophisticated magnification and lighting to see all surface areas inside your mouth. You will be able to watch the real-time, tooth-by-tooth video exam on your chairside monitor.
Your dentist looks not only for cracked and decayed teeth, but also for growths and sores on the roof and floor of your mouth, tongue, lips, gums, and the mucous membranes that line your cheeks and gums. Then your dentist will check the lymph nodes of your head, jaw and neck for pain, tenderness and flexibility.
Digital X-rays: Digital X-rays detect dental problems that cannot be found during a visual exam. We use Digital X-rays that provide instant results and emit 90 percent less radiation. Your dentist determines how often you need to have Digital X-rays.
3D Imaging: Three-dimensional imaging technology determines the precise position and shape of each tooth. Your dentist will determine whether the use of this technology is appropriate to aid the development of a dental treatment plan or to follow the progress of your dental treatment.
Gingival Pocket Exam: Healthy teeth require healthy gums. A gingival pocket exam determines the presence or risk of gum (periodontal) disease.
GINGIVAL POCKET EXAM
Healthy teeth require healthy gums. A gingival pocket exam determines the presence or risk of gum (periodontal) disease.
What to Know:
Each tooth sits inside a gingival pocket of gum tissue. Food debris and plaque naturally collect inside this pocket.
Daily tooth brushing and flossing remove food debris and plaque from the gingival pocket. If not removed, harmful bacteria penetrate the gumline and deepen the pocket.
As the depth of a gingival pocket increases, so does the risk of tooth damage and infection that leads to gum disease.
During your exam, a hand-held instrument is gently placed between gums and teeth (sulcus) to measure the depth of each pocket.
In its earliest stage, gum disease may be reversible. Since it rarely has symptoms of pain, it is possible to have gum disease and not know it.
Your teeth are cleaned using special instruments to remove plaque from above and below the gumline. Afterwards, your teeth are polished. Tooth polishing makes your teeth look and feel great. It also smooths tooth surfaces so plaque is less likely to accumulate.
ELECTRONIC DENTAL RECORDS
The records of our patients' dental checkups, diagnostics and treatments are kept electronically. Our patients benefit because our dentists and specialists have immediate, comprehensive access to medical histories as well as the results of previous and current exams, diagnostics, treatment plans and progress reports. Electronic dental records improve patient safety and create clinical efficiencies that help reduce patient waiting time before and during appointments.
GOOD ORAL HYGIENE
The key to healthy teeth and gums is keeping plaque and food decay from building up in your mouth. Plaque and food decay attract harmful bacteria that cause cavities, gum disease and persistent bad breath.
Your tongue attracts bacteria, too. During the normal process of eating, tiny fragments of food collect on your tongue. As these fragments decay, bacteria create a filmy white coating on the top of your tongue.
Practice the four-step routine to keep plaque and harmful bacteria from building up in your mouth.
EASY FOUR-STEP ROUTINE
To keep your teeth and gums healthy:
Brush your teeth and use an antiseptic mouthwash twice daily (after breakfast and before bedtime)
Use dental floss daily
Clean your tongue regularly by using a toothbrush or a tongue scraper
See your dentist for routine dental checkups
BENEFITS OF GOOD HYGIENE
When you practice good oral hygiene, you will:
Have less plaque to remove during routine dental checkups, so professional cleanings will be faster and more comfortable
Minimize your annual dental budget
Enjoy fresher breath
Be more confident about your smile
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A connector – known as an abutment – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth.