We can help you with just about any service that affects your dental health or enhances your smile. Select a topic from the menu on this page for details about our services.
Typically, an exam, x-rays, and a cleaning are all completed in one appointment.
Patient exams are performed to determine existing and needed dental care. Exams often include the use of dental x-rays.
Radiographs allow us to see things that could not be seen just by looking inside the mouth. Please keep in mind that x-rays are taken to directly benefit your dental health. Routine radiographs are taken to provide you with the highest standard of dental care, to aid in diagnosing and treatment planning. Here a few of the most common x-rays taken:
A dental prophylaxis is also known as a cleaning, and is a preventive measure against periodontal (gum) disease. It is typically performed every 6 months for patients not suffering from periodontal disease. (If you would like to read further about periodontal disease and your treatment options, please see our Periodontal Therapy page.)
Cleanings involve the removal of plaque (soft, sticky biofilm) and calculus deposits that have built up on teeth over time. Plaque is unlike calculus; it is very soft and can be removed at home with our toothbrush. Calculus, on the other hand, is very hard, rough and rock-like, and must be removed by a dental professional. It is important to have this rough, rock-like material removed on a regular basis because bacteria grabs and holds much easier to surfaces that are rough, as opposed to smooth and slippery surfaces. The calculus deposits and bacteria that accumulate can irritate our gums, causing gingivitis, and can eventually lead to bone loss and periodontal disease.
With that being said, not only do our teeth feel great after a professional dental cleaning, but it leaves the teeth smooth and clean, aiding you in the fight against bacteria at home!