The single best thing you can do for your teeth is to have them checked and cleaned twice a year! As every medical specialty office will tell you, that the best chance for corrective action is early detection. This concept is just as important when it comes to dentistry.
Each patient receives an initial comprehensive exam which is the professional judgement of the dentist on the condition of the patient’s oral health. This exam includes medical and dental health history and identifying medications that may affect prognosis, progression and management of oral health. Exams also review the condition of all existing teeth for cavities, factures and periodontal tissues.
ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS
Approximately 43,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and throat cancers this year. Sadly, the survival rate of those diagnosed is 60-65 percent. It is imperative to be diagnosed early! Oral cancer exams include a thorough inspection of all the soft tissue in your mouth. This includes lips, cheek linings, gums, tongue, throat, the floor of your mouth under your tongue and the hard and soft palates that make up the roof of your mouth.
Calculus (tartar) builds on the natural tooth surface. If it is not removed, this irritant can lead to inflamed gums and periodontitis (gum infection). Dental cleanings remove this debris, restoring healthy gums and supporting tissue.
Digital X-rays not only produce less radiation, but they also can be seen immediately for diagnosis. Our office is equipped with a digital panoramic X-ray machine. This diagnostic tool provides us with an overview of the head and neck and also shows soft tissue and normal air spaces.
When supporting structures of the tooth are compromised, periodontal treatment is necessary. This would include treating mild gingivitis to severe periodontitis. Treatment can range from deep scaling and root planing to more advanced regenerative procedures.