At your initial hygiene visit, we will perform a comprehensive dental exam. This will involve us taking your x-rays, charting of your periodontal measurements, identifying diseased, missing or filled teeth, performing an oral cancer screening, understanding your dental concerns, recording your medical history and taking your blood pressure. Our goal is to establish an accurate baseline of your current dental health, which we will use to customize a thorough treatment plan to help improve your oral health and also use to monitor any future changes. Your hygienist will also perform a routine cleaning, apply dental sealants, provide a fluoride treatment, and demonstrate any tips that may be helpful for performing better home care. If a diagnosis is made that will require a deeper cleaning or laser therapy, this may need to be performed at a subsequent visit.
Please assist us by providing the following information:
- X-rays or dental records from previous dentist
- Health history, current list of medications, allergies, and any plans for future surgeries
- Current dental insurance information
- Any personal preferences (i.e. request a specific hygienist, or taking extra precaution around a sensitive tooth or you would prefer to listen to the radio instead of watching tv…etc.)
Routine Dental Cleaning
Your routine dental cleaning involves the removal of light to moderate plaque, stains or tartar fixed to tooth surfaces above the gum line.
Give us a call to schedule your dental cleaning at (262) 932-4190. New patients are always welcome!
Scaling & Root Planing (aka Deep Cleaning)
Removal of moderate to heavy tartar build-up that deposit below the gum line. Tartar forms on root surfaces when there is a loss of any of the supportive structures like the gums, ligaments and bone, which surround the root, collectively these structures make-up the periodontium. Loss of these supportive structures is called periodontal disease. Gingivitis is a condition when the gums become inflamed and bleed easily, but the supportive structures are still intact. If left untreated, gingivitis will progress into periodontal disease. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, teeth will move apart forming gaps, or teeth will appear very long. Ultimately, periodontal disease will lead to permanent tooth loss.
Dental Sealants are thin, protective fillings applied to the deep grooves located on the biting surfaces of teeth (primarily the molars). Their purpose is to prevent the accumulation of food and bacteria in these areas to reduce the risk of forming cavities. Sealants are ordinarily applied between the ages of 6 and 16, but they can be applied any time after the teeth have erupted.
We invite you to give us a call at (262) 932-4190 with any questions about Dental Sealants and to see if they might be right for you!
Dexis Carivu is a portable device that uses light technology to enable the visualization of cavities and cracks that form between teeth. It is a radiation-free alternative for looking between teeth! This was something up until recently that we could only see with the aid of x-rays.
If the radiation-free Dexis Carivu option sounds good to you, we invite you to schedule your next dental appointment with us at (262) 932-4100.
Diode Lasers are becoming more widely used in dentistry for procedures in surgery, periodontics, and for the treatment of ulcers and cold sores. Current dental diode lasers have wavelengths of 810 – 980 nm. Lasers provide a quick and painless treatment for unsightly cold sores, often reducing the frequency of future recurrence. Lasers are also used for eliminating harmful toxins embedded within the gums of teeth affected by gingivitis or periodontal disease. Laser therapy promotes healing and regeneration of new healthy tissue. Lasers may also be used safely around implants and other metal restorations.
A Dental Nightguard is a hard plastic appliance custom molded to fit over existing teeth. It is worn to prevent grinding or clenching of teeth to reduce pain in the TMJ, prevent wearing down and damage to teeth and to reduce soreness in jaw muscles.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a Dental Nightguard may the the right solution for you. We invite you to give us call at (262) 932-4190 to make an appointment with us!