Checkups and Cleaning
Checkups and Cleaning at 904 Dental Care
Checkups are essential for us to stay on top of your dental health. Cleanings are also necessary if you want to preserve your mouth healthy. We do both services for you routinely as a part of your comprehensive dental care. Even more important, we give you the care and attention you need to keep your mouth at its healthiest.
Checking for Decay
At 904 Dental Care, we start our checkup by locating and identifying damage from tooth decay, wear and tear, and other decay types. For this process’s first step, we take x-rays to see where any problems are occurring, even before they become visible. Then, we perform a careful visual examination of your teeth, testing teeth in which the x-rays show possible decay.
Investigating Your Gum Health
During the checkup, we ask a series of questions related to gum health to identify any gum disease symptoms you are having. We take time to look at your gums so we can detect disease in the earliest stages possible. We also use advanced x-ray technology to see the soft tissues of your gums with high-resolution accuracy. Your dentist is highly skilled in recognizing the signs of gum disease and gum recession.
Making a Treatment Plan
After we complete a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth, we explain any problems you might not be aware of before the consultation. We even take pictures of the problem teeth with our miniature digital camera so you can see it by yourself. We work with you to develop a plan for treating any disease, decay or injury we might find during your checkup. We also discuss cosmetic dentistry services you might be interested in pursuing. Then, we set up needed appointments for continuing dental care.
Both tooth decay and gum disease are related to the cleanliness of your mouth. You do your part at home with a daily dental care routine. We do ours by removing the plaque and tartar that can build up in your mouth despite your devotion to your dental health. Your dentist is trained to notice problem areas and report them to you for follow-up. We provide this service to give you better oral health until your next regular visit.
In some cases, the plaque and tartar buildup has progressed to the point that we need to employ special procedures to eliminate it. One of these procedures is the deep-cleaning. We do this process to remove the most stubborn plaque deposits accurately.
At 904 Dental Care, we perform scaling and root planing on an as-needed basis. We use these procedures, removing the tartar deposits by scaling them away and smoothing your teeth’ surfaces by planing them. By the end of the deep cleaning, the plaque and tartar are removed. Your teeth and gums are healthier and better prepared to stay that way until your next dental checkup and cleaning.