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General Dentistry

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Check & Clean

More than likely, your last visit to our office was for a routine check-up. Why are routine dental examinations so important? Because preventive care enables us to identify and treat tooth decay, gum disease and soft tissue disease in its earliest stages, which is better for

you, in terms of treatment options and saving you money!

If it’s been a while since your last check up, please give us a call to schedule your routine cleaning and exam and to stay on top of any tooth decay.

What Does a Routine Dental Examination Include?

To begin with, we do a thorough soft tissue examination, using both a visual and finger inspection, to detect changes in the soft tissue lining on the inside of your mouth. Routine dental exams also include a visual inspection of each tooth surface to identify new areas of decay and to check teeth that may have had prior restorations. We also perform a periodontal screening to check your gums for any sign of gum disease. It is important to detect gum disease in its earliest stages to achieve the best results, especially if further treatment is necessary, X-rays may be needed to check the side surfaces of your teeth, the area beneath the gums and other areas that are not clearly visible. X-rays are usually taken according to a schedule and not on every visit. Finally, a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums to remove plaque build-up, tartar and stain. Having your teeth cleaned regularly helps to prevent periodontal (gum) disease that can cause major dental problems, including loss of teeth if left undetected and untreated.

How Often Should I Come in for Routine Care?

This is one of those questions that really depends upon your health history and the doctors’ recommendations. While some people come in for a cleaning and examination like clockwork, say every six months or so, others may wait up to a year between visits. There are some reasons that warrant a more aggressive routine dental appointment schedule. More frequent visits are usually advised when patients have an increased risk for oral disease based on age, pregnancy, heavy alcohol and/or tobacco usage, the presence of gum disease, or pre-existing health conditions (e.g., diabetes, frequent dry mouth, or a compromised immune system). An open and frank discussion with your Dentist or your Hygienist can help you determine how often you should schedule routine cleanings and examinations.

FAQ's

Our dentist will examine and take x-rays of your teeth to make sure you are a good candidate for whitening. With whitening, only the pigments in the enamel of the teeth are whitened. Fillings and crowns do not whiten with bleaching .

The root canal treatment aims is to save a tooth that has been decayed, diseased or injured. In this procedure, the dead tissue is removed from the canal, and tooth is cleaned with medicaments and shaped. After that the canals are filled with biocompatible material. In Most instances crowning of tooth is required after root canal treatment. In cases, where root canal treatment may not be appropriate, extraction may be the best option.

With the advent of modern digital radiographic techniques and high speed films ,which has dramatically reduced the exposure times so much so that an average dental x-ray is as harmful as one hour flight.

When your baby does not have teeth yet, you should wipe his/her gums with wet warm clean cloth after every feed. Once baby gets her first teeth, make sure you clean them after feed with a warm wet cloth and also do make sure that baby is not sleeping with a bottle in mouth. Your toddler should follow routine tooth brushing regimen as rest of the family but making sure to put just a smear of toothpaste. You may choose to use milk teeth toothpaste, which contains less fluoride until the first permanent teeth start erupting, but regular toothpaste can also be used if right amount is used.