Dental Exams, Cleanings, & X-rays

Dental Exam
 Every 6 months you can expect a comprehensive dental exam performed by Dr. Schwartz, which includes the following:

  • Examination of diagnostic X-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • 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, to make sure they are intact

 

 X-Rays/Radiographs

    We use the latest technology digital radiograph technology to take dental X-rays. Digital X-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental X-rays.Our X-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during our clinical dental exam. Without regular X-rays, problem areas can go undetected, and a proper treatment plan is impossible to form. 

      The need for dental X-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend how often X-rays are necessary based on your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.

       A full mouth series of dental X-rays is recommended for new patients, and is valid for three to five years. Bite-wing or check-up x-rays are recommended anywhere between every 6 months and every 2 years, depending on your risk of disease.

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

Professional Dental Cleaning
   Professional dental cleanings (prophylaxis) are usually performed by our Registered Dental Hygienists, Diana and Lisa.

   They work hard to make your teeth spotless by removing plaque and Calculus (a.k.a. tartar) and polishing off those stains that aren’t typically removed when you brush at home.

  • 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. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • 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. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.

    Professional dental cleanings are recommended every 6 months, but may be recommended as often as every 3 or 4 months for those who suffer from periodontal disease. 
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