Dental Exams and Checkups
The American Dental Association recommends we see our dentist every six months for a dental exam or dental checkup. At your dental checkup, we will inspect your soft tissues for oral cancer, gum disease, and other problems. The dentist will examine each tooth for the presence of dental cavities, defective dental fillings, cracked teeth and other issues that can lead to future tooth damage. Sometimes old dental work wears out and needs to be replaced. All clinical dental exam findings will be thoroughly discussed. Treatment options like tooth-colored fillings, bonding, porcelain dental crowns, porcelain veneers, dental implants and dental bridges will also be covered.
A brighter smile ranks up toward the top of the wish list for many of us. Discolored teeth have a variety of causes including genetics, medications, decay and sometimes even a love of coffee or tea. Dental tooth bleaching or whitening is a conservative and effective technique for improving certain types of discoloration in teeth. Whitening chemicals may be used in the dental office or in your home. Another procedure may be to remove the discolored top layer of tooth exposing a brighter smile. The amount of whitening to be achieved with varying methods will be explained by your dentist along with how long you might expect the result to last.
Dental tooth bonding is a technique that utilizes tooth-colored composite resin materials to correct a number of dental problems. This method of adhering thin layers of composite resins to tooth surfaces is a conservative cosmetic dentistry technique. Bonding composite materials to tooth surfaces can be used to correct or repair many teeth that might be affected by decay, discoloration, undesirable shape or positioning, even narrow gaps between teeth can be repaired with this technique. Bonding procedures can frequently be completed during one office visit; more complex restorations may require a second appointment.
We practice a strongly preventive dental philosophy so that we can minimize the potential for significant dental problems. For instance, left untreated, a small dental cavity can grow to destroy an entire tooth and spread to surrounding teeth. A cracked tooth can cause pain or break off and create additional problems. Furthermore, advanced gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss for American adults, and oral cancer causes more than 7,500 deaths each year. Caught and treated early, these diseases can be controlled.
Here's what we'll do at your comprehensive dental exam:
- Note any changes in your health or medications
- Perform an oral cancer screening
- Take dental x-rays, if necessary
- Examine your teeth for decay
- Assess the integrity of existing dental work
- Examine your gums for signs of periodontal disease
- Evaluate how well your top and bottom teeth fit together
- Discuss any concerns and possible treatments
If you have not scheduled your dental checkup lately, be sure to call us now to make your appointment! Children as young as two should visit the dentist, and by age four or five, a child should have regular dental checkups.