Your Oral Health and the appearance of your smile have a large impact on your life.  A bright smile greatly increases self-confidence and makes a positive impression on the people you meet.  The condition of your teeth and gums also affect aspects of your physical health.  To maintain your oral health, it is important to develop good oral hygiene habits and schedule Routine Preventive Visits, allowing our Dentists to diagnose any problems early and remove the plaque bacteria that builds up over time.

Most preventive cleanings occur on a six month schedule.  Some patients, however, may require a shorter recall if they have periodontal issues or struggle with Tarter or stain build-up.  During your visit you can expect:

 

Collection of Data

Due to HIPAA regulations, the following information must be updated once a year.  To help, our Office Staff rotates which forms need to be up-dated each visit.  We understand that there may not have been changes and appreciate your cooperation with obtaining this information.

Patient Information Form

General information about the patient including address, contact numbers, and insurance.

Medical History

Medical up-dates to check for alerts pertinent to dental procedures.  If you have an extensive list of medications, please bring a copy which can be placed in your chart.

Existing Oral Conditions

A charting of all dental restorations, defects, and decay.

Periodontal Pocket Charting

A measurement of the Periodontal Pocket depths surrounding each tooth, root exposures, and furcation levels.  This begins at age 18.

 

X-Rays

Bite-Wings (BW)

Bite-Wings are the films taken of the posterior (back) teeth to detect cavities.  Bite-Wings are usually taken once a year and begin around age six.

Periapical (PA)

If you are having an issue, such as a broken cusp or toothache, a Periapical will be taken of that tooth.  A Periapical shows the entire length of the tooth.  The Dentist can see the root and bone surrounding the tooth and diagnose any infection present.

Full Mouth Series (FMX)

FMX is a series of films of the teeth in the upper and lower arch.  FMX is used to diagnose decay, tooth infections and abnormalities in the bone surrounding the teeth.  It is also used to monitor bone levels with patients who battle Periodontal Disease.  The FMX is considered a "Standard of Care" and is to be taken once every 3 - 5 years.

Panorex

A Panorex is an x-ray which goes around the head showing all the teeth and bones on one film.  It is not meant to detect decay, but rather to look for abnormalities in the bone and to be used for Oral Surgery and Orthodontics.

 

Scaling & Cleaning

Depending on your needs, our Hygiene Staff will make sure all Tartar, plaque, food debris and stains are removed from your teeth.  Our office is equipped with an armory of instruments to ensure the job is done completely and comfortably.  Hand Scalers are used to remove light to moderate build-up and get around corners and into the interproximal areas.  Ultra-Sonic Instruments are used to remove stubborn Tartar and heavy stain.  A Prophy-Jet uses a pressurized spray of water and baking soda to "power wash" the teeth.  It also helps to remove stain and gets into hard to reach places.

Polish & Flossing

After the teeth have been scaled, the Hygienist or Dental Assistant will polish the teeth with flavored pumice.  This sandy toothpaste helps to remove any remaining plaque and stain.  The Hygienist or Dental Assistant will then floss your teeth.  Flossing is the step that is often neglected by patients, but our Oral Care Team makes sure to floss deeply around all Crowns and Implants, under Bridge work, and between Orthodontic brackets when necessary.

 

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer can be as harmful as any other form of cancer, but if discovered early, 90% of Oral Cancer is curable.  Our Dental Team will examine the soft tissues of your mouth for lumps and color splotches that do not belong.  These can be early signs of Oral Cancer.  Oral Cancer can take the form of many non-alarming changes in the area of the mouth.  It is important to call our office if any sores or discolored areas in or around the mouth do not heal within two weeks.

 

Examination by the Dentist

Once your teeth have been polished, a full examination is done.  During the exam, the Dentist will note any decay, chips or crack lines which have developed since the last appointment.  The edges of old restorations will be monitored for leakage, and the Dentist will conduct his own Oral Cancer Screening.  This is the best time to discuss any issues or questions you have.  When necessary, the Dentist will develop a Treatment Plan designed for your case.

 

Fluoride

When required, Fluoride Varnish will be applied to the teeth to fight the demineralization created by plaque bacteria and help with the remineralization of enamel.

 

Home Care Instructions

A dedicated member of our Oral Care Team will review oral hygiene instructions and give you tips on how to improve what you are already doing at home.  You will be given a Take Home Kit complete with a toothbrush, floss, and other sample products to improve your home care, your oral health, and to make you smile.

 

 

 

 

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