When it comes to choosing the right dentist for your family, there are many different factors that go into the search. Before you decide on a dentist, it’s important to consider each of the needs for all members of your family. Today, there are several effective, fast and minimally invasive options for improving the appearance of teeth and overall oral health.
During a dental cleaning and prevention appointment, a dentist will perform a dental exam and x-rays, take a look at any fillings and crowns that you have and check your teeth for signs of decay. You might think that brushing and flossing are enough to prevent tooth decay and cavities, but there’s a lot more going on in your mouth than you’re aware of.
Professional Cleanings By Our Registered Dental Hygienists
Your teeth cleaning appointment will include a dental exam as well as the following:
Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease.
Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
Benefits of Digital X-Rays?
Many dental offices are now using digital x-rays to take pictures of the jaw line, teeth and soft tissues in the mouth. Dental x-rays are important because they help the dentist to see cavities, hidden wisdom teeth, and bone loss that cannot be detected with a visual examination alone. Many dentists have replaced outdated x-ray equipment with new digital x-ray machines because of the many benefits of using digital technology.
With the advent of the digital x-ray sensor, dental x-ray photos are instantly available on a computer screen for the dentist to review without a long wait for developing. Digital x-rays can be easily saved to a computer for record keeping, replacing the need for developing and storing of negatives in a patient paper file. Besides being are faster, digital x-rays provide a convenient way for a dentist to discuss dental needs with their patients as they view the pictures together on a nearby computer screen.
Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings?
Dental fillings replace parts of a tooth that has been damaged due to injury or decay. Also known as dental restoration, a filling preserves the integrity of the tooth and prevents further damage from cavities. Fillings can also restore the chewing surfaces of teeth that have become worn. Avoiding damage from decay or injury is preferable, but fillings are a good way to prevent the eventual loss of a tooth. Most cavities and fractures that are caught early are good candidates for restoration with fillings.
Benefits of Crowns (Caps)
Dental crowns are a more extensive type of dental restoration where a cap or “crown” completely covers or surrounds a damaged tooth, usually due to a large cavity that threatens the health of the tooth. Crowns are fastened to teeth using dental cement and can be made from several different materials.