Complete Exam & Cleaning Special
X-Rays to Ensure Nothing Is Missed
We’ll begin by taking X-rays so Dr. Staten can determine if there are any cavities or areas of concern that warrant attention or treatment. This will ensure that nothing is missed, and all issues are addressed. Taking X-rays are a very simple and painless step. The most common X-rays are bite wing X-rays. These images will help to determine if you have any tooth decay (caries).
Another type of X-ray is a panoramic X-ray, which provides a complete view of your teeth and facial structure, and helps the dentist detect any abnormalities.
Taking an Even Closer Look
Dr. Staten will perform a thorough dental exam using a small explorer tool and mirror; assessing your teeth and gums looking for potential trouble spots, such as tooth decay, gum inflammation (which can signal gingivitis), or gum recession. We will also be checking for gum disease, which is an infection in the gum tissues and/or the bone that keeps your teeth in place.
If treatment is not received, a more serious and advanced stage of gum disease may follow, leading to the loss of teeth. This process is preventable with regular cleaning and proper oral hygiene.
A Clean Only A Professional Can Do
A professional teeth cleaning is an integral part of your oral hygiene and involves the removal of plaque and calculus from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Even if you brush your teeth three times a day and floss, you will still not be able to get rid of all the plaque that naturally occurs. That is why it is recommended to have a professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year.
When our dental hygienist cleans your teeth, they will remove soft and hard deposits from your teeth that can cause cavities and bone loss. The main reason for having your teeth cleaned is to prevent the progression of periodontal diseases which causes bone loss eventually leading to tooth loss.
If your goal is to keep your teeth for the rest of your life, you should visit your dentist at least twice a year for a professional teeth cleaning.
We’ll Help Keep You on The Right Path
During your visit you can inform us of your dental history, and along with our assessment of your current oral health we’ll give you an accurate estimate as to how often you should visit our office to keep your oral health ideal. Dental insurance plans usually pay for all, or most, of the cost of dental cleanings and oral health check-ups every six months. Take advantage of this and save a lot of money in the long run by avoiding costly dental procedures resulting from poor oral hygiene.