Comprehensive Oral Exam
Upon your very first visit we will conduct a comprehensive oral exam. We will then be able to determine the overall health of your teeth, gums and jaw.
Every 6 months we recommend a thorough cleaning. During this process we can also identify the ongoing health of your teeth and mouth over all.
This is a focused beam of X-Ray particles through bone which produces an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and not to use them could lead to undiagnosed disease. Without an X-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.
In our office we use digital radiography which allows us to take X-rays using 50-70% less radiation versus conventional X-rays. Coupled with computer monitoring, digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental concerns.
This is used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque because the area is too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time. So the dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
Fillings are done to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. Today most teeth are treated with bonded tooth colored composite fillings. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated, decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth would need root canal treatment or an extraction.
Sportsguards are designed to prevent injury to the mouth and gums as well as reduce concussions while playing any contact sport. This includes hockey, football, basketball, soccer, rugby, lacrosse and field hockey to name a few.
Mouthguards are most often used by people who grind their teeth at night. The simple addition of a mouthguard helps with deeper sleep while preventing any issues related to grinding. Common symptoms of teeth grinding include waking up with a headache, the feeling of tenderness or pain in the jaw, or unexplained damage to teeth. If untreated, teeth grinding can result in permanent tooth and oral damage that require surgery or other expensive treatments.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Cancer has increased by almost 60% over the last ten years. So, at every exam, the hygienist and doctor will screen each patient for oral cancer. This cancer screening includes an examination of the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat and gums for any sign of cancer. Please let us know if you have noticed any swelling, ulcerations, change in the way your teeth come together, or difficulty swallowing. If you would like to learn more about oral cancer, then you can read about it at the Oral Cancer Foundation.
Non-Surgical Gum Treatments
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one’s teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state.
This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you’re having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.
Nitrous Oxide is Available Upon Request
Nitrous Oxide is available for any and all services upon request.