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A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Spring at your initial dental visit and at regular check-up exams which will include the following:
Examination of the teeth: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay, cracks, wear and erosion. All fillings and crowns (if present) will be checked recurrent decay and condition.
Gum disease evaluation: The gums and bone around the teeth will be examined for any signs of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
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: The face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, cheeks, and palate will be checked for any signs of pathology.
Examination of the Temporomandibular Joints (TMJs): The bite, the chewing muscles, and the joints (TMJ's) will be evaluated for any signs and symptoms of temporomandibular joint disease.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:
- 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 specialized dental instruments.
- 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. Once it becomes visible, it is whitish inappeearance. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of gum disease!
- Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling. This creates a smooth surface so you can be efficient with your brushing and flossing.