We recommend a general check-up every six months so we can identify and prevent a variety of oral health problems.
Steps in a Regular General Dentistry Exam
Each visit will be different based on your situation, but generally, check-ups include several steps. We start by reviewing your concerns, dental chart, and medical history so we can determine the most appropriate care for you.
The General Dentistry check-up also includes cleaning your teeth. This enables us to clearly see the condition of your teeth and gums and to remove the plaque, tartar and bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. If needed, we polish your teeth to smooth their surfaces and to remove light stains.
A regular check-up includes a careful visual exam of your mouth. We check for decay on the biting surfaces of teeth, signs of wear, cracks, or other problems with restorations such as fillings and crowns, as well as any abnormal loss of tooth structure.
In addition, we check the color and contours of your gums. Red, swollen gums are often signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease. We use a periodontal probe to check the depth of the spaces between your teeth and gums. Readings deeper than 3 millimeters often indicate periodontal disease.
We also diagnose any sores or lesions on the soft tissues of your mouth, screening them for signs of oral cancer.
Other conditions cannot be easily seen, so we often take x-rays. X-rays show us decay between and inside the teeth and tartar on the teeth and tooth roots. X-rays also show us signs of periodontal disease, such as the loss of bone around the teeth. In addition, x-rays allow us to see cysts, abscesses, and other problems.
We may also examine your jaw joint to help diagnose problems with your bite or TMJ. Sometimes check-ups include additional treatments based on your individual situation.
We review your home care routine and give you advice on a good diet for maintaining good oral health and a beautiful smile.
Regular General Dentistry check-ups are important because neglecting dental conditions can lead to much more serious problems:
- Infected teeth.
- Tooth loss and shifting teeth.
- Receding gums.
- Loss of bone in the jaw.
- Painful jaw joints.
With regular exams, we can detect problems early and help you maintain your oral and overall health.
Cleanings / Prophylaxis
We recommend that you get a routine dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of food and bacteria that forms constantly on your teeth. A routine dental cleaning is often called a prophylaxis or “prophy”.
The Importance of Prophylaxis
Even when you brush and floss properly every day, some plaque remains on your teeth and hardens to become tartar. Tartar can be removed effectively only with a professional cleaning. It is important to remove plaque and tartar because they are the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease.
To clean your teeth, we use a variety of instruments to carefully remove all the plaque and tartar above and below the gum line. These instruments may include; hand scalers, ultrasonic scaler, dental floss, superfloss, or other flossing aids. We may also use polishing instruments to remove stains from your teeth. We will also carefully review your home care routine.
With regular dental cleanings, we can help you maintain a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile.
In Office Whitening
In Office Whitening makes it possible to achieve a whiter, brighter smile.
How In Office Whitening works
A special light is shined onto the teeth after they have been coated with a whitening gel. The light works with the gel to release oxygen. The oxygen penetrates the outer enamel layer and then the dentin layer of the teeth, bleaching away stains and discolored areas.
In Office Whitening quickly brightens your smile
Once we have determined that power whitening is right for you, we may begin by thoroughly removing any plaque and tartar from your teeth. Then we’ll start the whitening process with protective glasses, a lip retractor, and a cream or lotion to shield your eyes, lips, and face.
We’ll then isolate the teeth and protect your gums by applying a special protective material to the gum tissue or by placing a rubber dam.
Next, we paint the whitening gel onto your teeth, and while you relax in the chair, we shine a light or laser onto the teeth. We may repeat this cycle several times.
Since every case is different, we carefully evaluate your individual results. Your new smile will lighten, on average, about 6 to 10 shades. We may sometimes recommend a fluoride treatment, additional bleaching at home, or another session here in our office. We’ll also give you instructions for taking care of your new smile and for handling any post-whitening sensitivity.
In Office Whitening is a safe and effective technology that can help give you a beautiful new smile, all in one appointment.
At Home Whitening
Teeth Darken and Stain
No matter how well you take care of your teeth, they can darken and stain over time. Before we begin any whitening treatment, we check the health of your teeth and repair any damage. We may take impressions of your teeth. From the impressions, we make plastic trays to fit your teeth exactly. You use these trays at home with a special whitening gel that is stronger than any over-the-counter product.
At Home Procedure
Place a small amount of the whitening gel on the front surface of the trays and place them over your teeth. If gel gets on your gums, simply wipe it off. You wear the trays for about two weeks. You should see the results in just a few weeks.
At home whitening system can:
- Lighten teeth stained by coffee, tea and wine.
- Be done at your convenience.
- Because the trays are custom make, they fit securely over your teeth.
- Home whitening can be an easy way to help brighten your smile.
Tooth Color Fillings
Natural Looking Restoration
When a tooth has a cavity or you need to replace a worn filling, a natural-looking white restoration can be a beautiful choice.
- White fillings have several advantages over silver filling
- They are bonded to your tooth, making it stronger than if we used a silver filling.
- We do not have to remove as much tooth structure as with a silver filling.
- The bonding agent can insulate your tooth from extremes of hot and cold
- Some white restorations can be done in just one visit.
After we remove the decay, we build layers of the resin directly onto your tooth. We use a special light to bond the resin to the tooth for strength. A larger cavity may need an indirect restoration. We remove the decay or the old, worn restoration. The new restoration will be created in the lab to precisely fit your tooth. Once crafted, we bond the restoration to your tooth for strength.
It takes two or more visits to get this kind of restoration. White fillings can be a great choice to give you healthy teeth and a beautiful, natural looking smile.