Oral examinations: Your initial and recurring examinations include a visual examination, charting of existing restorations, periodontal probing, TMJ and oral cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We will take necessary x-rays when needed which may include a panoramic x-ray or bitewing x-rays
Routine Cleanings: Regular teeth cleaning by one of our dental hygienists is recommended every six months to remove tartar (mineralized plaque) that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing at home. Professional cleaning includes tooth scaling using various instruments to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth, and tooth polishing.
Periodontal Treatment: Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. It is caused by the bacteria found in plaque, which is a sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth. There are three stages of gum disease: Gingivitis, Periodontitis and Advanced Periodontitis
Since early gum disease can be reversed, it is important to see us if you have any of the following:
- Gums that bleed or are red, puffy or swollen, or sore.
- Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Pus that appears between your teeth and gums
- Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
Periodontal treatment methods depend on the type and severity of the disease.