At the initial hygiene visit we will perform a comprehensive dental exam. This will involve taking x-rays, charting periodontal measurements, identifying diseased, missing or filled teeth, performing an oral cancer screening, listening to your dental concerns, recording your medical history, and taking blood pressure. Our goal is to establish an accurate baseline of your current dental health. We will then customize a thorough treatment plan to help improve your oral health and monitor any future changes. The hygienist will also perform a routine, thorough cleaning, apply dental sealants, provide a fluoride treatment, and demonstrate any tips that may be helpful for performing better homecare. If a diagnosis is made that requires a deeper cleaning (aka Scaling & Root Planing) or laser therapy, this may need to be performed during 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. requesting a specific hygienist, taking extra precaution around a sensitive tooth, or if you would prefer to listen to the radio instead of watching tv…etc.)
Routine Dental Cleaning
Removal of light to moderate plaque, stains, or tartar fixed to tooth surfaces above the gum line.
Scaling & Root Planing (aka Deep Cleaning)
Removal of moderate to heavy tartar build-up that deposited below the gum line. Tartar forms on root surfaces where 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 an early stage of periodontal disease. In people with gingivitis, the gums become inflamed and bleed easily, but the supportive structures remain 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 leads to permanent tooth loss.
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, reducing the risk of forming cavities. Sealants are applied between the ages of 6 and 16, but can be applied any time after the teeth have erupted.
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 examining between teeth, which until recently, could only be seen with the aid of x-rays.
Diode Lasers are becoming more widely used in dentistry for procedures in surgery, periodontics, and the treatment of ulcers and cold sores. 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 hard plastic appliance custom molded to fit over existing teeth. They are worn to prevent grinding or clenching of teeth in order to reduce pain in the TMJ (jaw joint). They prevent wearing down and damage to teeth and reduce soreness in jaw muscles.