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Dental Exams & Cleanings

Dental Exam

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit.  At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include 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.  We use digital radiographs that greatly reduce exposure to radiation.  The radiographs are displayed on our monitors instantaneously for clear and accurate diagnosis.
  • Oral cancer screening: Dr. Rajan will examine your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer at every visit priot to checking your teeth.
  • Gum disease evaluation: We will evaluate your gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease including recession, bleeding, mobility and pocketing.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Dr. Rajan will evaluate the condition of all current fillings, crowns, and other restorations.  Digital intraoral photographs are often taken to document existing restorations.

    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 special 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.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

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