Routine teeth cleaning is crucial for keeping your foundation stable and healthy.
At your initial appointment, the dentist, hygienist, and you will create a plan to keep your teeth and gums healthly.
The hygienist will conduct an initial oral exam and cancer exam of your gums and teeth; document any changes in your overall health and medicine use; measure the surrounding bone support, chart and document existing work and decay; take digital x-rays; clean and polish your teeth; talk to you about caring for your teeth and gums; and answer any questions you might have about home care products. Your dentist will also conduct an oral exam of your mouth, gums, and teeth; ask about changes in your overall health or medicine use; review the teeth cleaning done by the hygienist; diagnose any oral health problems; and make treatment recommendations.
ORAL CANCER SCREENING
A dental exam is the first line of defense in early detection of oral diseases including oral cancer. An oral cancer screening incorporates systematic visual examination of all the soft tissues of the mouth, including manual extension of the tongue to examine its base, a bimanual palpation of the floor of the mouth, examination of the borders of the tongue, and the lymph nodes surrounding the oral cavity and in the neck.
INTRA ORAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND DIGITAL X-RAYS
Digital x-rays (radiographs) are a vital and necessary part of your dental visit. Without them, certain dental conditions can and will be missed. X-rays may be needed to evaluate an injury or plan treatments. Two common types of x-rays used are cavity checking x-rays of the molars (bitewings) and around the head (“pano”). The pano is a great x-ray for checking supporting structures of the teeth and root tips and determining if there are cysts/tumors present or the location of non-emerged wisdom teeth. Intra oral cameras are tiny cameras that can take a photo to be able to see what is going on in your mouth for better communication between doctor and patient. Intra-oral photographs can also help in explaining a treatment to your insurance company.
Dental X-rays may reveal:
• Abscesses or cysts.
• Bone loss.
• Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
• Decay between the teeth.
• Developmental abnormalities.
• Poor tooth and root positions.
• Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
• Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Digital radiography (digital X-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental X-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of X-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be viewed and enlarged, helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems more easily. Digital X-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental X-rays.
Even though digital X-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, dentists still take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation. These precautions include only taking those X-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.
Grinding or clenching of teeth at night may cause discomfort in addition to damage to dental restorations, cracking of teeth, loosening of teeth, joint pain and muscle fatigue. A custom made night guard made from soft or hard material fitted to your teeth prevents damage from opposing teeth and will help relieve some of the pressure of grinding and clenching. A custom made mouth guard is also important for preventing injuries in sports and is more comfortable than a mouth guard purchased over the counter.
PRESCRIPTION THERAPEUTIC PRODUCTS
Depending on your dental health, your dentist may recommend additional preventive measures such as Oxyfresh (sold in our office) to combat bad breath, a prescription mourthrinse to kill bacteria in your mouth or a prescription toothpaste to help with sensitivity.
Don’t let your dental hygiene take a backseat. Schedule your routine teeth cleaning with Farr Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today!