Dental Exams & Cleanings
At the time of your appointment, you will be greeted by your hygienist. The hygienist will review your medical history and discuss your previous dental experiences. After a quick evaluation, we will determine the types of x-rays and cleaning that best fit your needs.
Following x-rays and your cleaning, your dentist concludes your first visit with a comprehensive exam. Our patients’ priorities always come first. We will address any concerns you may have and together we will come up with a treatment plan for your dental needs.
Regular Cleaning (Prophylaxis)
Plaque, tartar, and stain accumulate on your teeth between cleanings even with great home care. At your cleaning, the hygienist will carefully remove plaque and tartar, polish your teeth, and instruct you on how to best care for your teeth. An assessment of your gum tissues and supporting structures is an important part of your routine cleaning. This allows us to track your progress over the years.
Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing)
A deep cleaning is indicated for patients that suffer from moderate to severe gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, loss of supporting structure, and medical complications. If it has been a long time since having your teeth cleaned, it is important to first remove all of the tartar and plaque below the gum line. The dentist and the hygienist assess the degree of gum disease by measuring the supportive tissue around each tooth.
Deep cleanings are followed by maintenance cleanings. The frequency of these cleanings is determined by the severity and progression of gum disease.