High Quality Equipment
The comprehensive examination will include:
- A review of the general medical history to ensure safe treatment and to avoid potential problems related to medications, allergies, or conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes
- A thorough examination of the teeth and gums to check for cavities, faulty fillings or crowns, gum disease, wisdom teeth, and other conditions
- A thorough examination of the mouth to screen for oral cancer, jaw joint problems (“TMJ” or “TMD”), abscess, and oral pathology
- A discussion of treatment recommendations and options
- A question and answer session
In order to provide the most accurate diagnosis possible, your dentist may recommend a series of low radiation digital xrays (radiographs) in order to fully assess the health of the teeth, roots, and supporting bone.
To make the comprehensive dental examination more interactive and easier to understand, your dentist may use an intraoral camera to display pictures of areas of interest on a computer monitor in front of you. Patients can view their digital xray images on the monitor as well.
Dental cleaning and preventive periodontal care
The common “dental cleaning” gets no respect! Many patients view their preventive periodontal care as “just a cleaning”, but healthy gums are critical to long term oral health. Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing are inflamed, a condition known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is a result of excessive accumulation of plaque and tartar (calculus) around and under the gumline. Left for extended periods of time, calculus can lead to gradual loss of the supporting bone that holds the teeth in place, a condition called periodontitis or periodontal (gum) disease. Advanced periodontal disease causes loosening of the teeth and eventual tooth loss.
It is important to remove plaque and tartar routinely. Plaque is effectively removed with a toothbrush at home, but tartar is a hard mineralized substance that requires removal by your dentist or dental hygienist – a procedure called “scaling”. Traditional hand instruments and modern ultrasonic instrumentation are used to gently remove tartar deposits from the teeth. Polishing removes surface stain and produces a smooth surface that is less prone to accumulating future plaque and tartar.
To schedule a dental cleaning and exam at our Trenton dental clinic, call or e-mail us today!