Preventive & Diagnostic Dental Services
An oral examination is a visual inspection of the mouth, head, and neck, performed to detect abnormalities. Radiographs allow for a more complete examination, helping the doctor to detect cavities, problems in existing dental restorations, gum and bone recession or other abnormal conditions within the mouth, head and neck area.
A dental cleaning, also known as an oral prophylaxis, is the removal of dental plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Specialized instruments are used to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. First, an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations and is cooled by water is used to loosen larger pieces of tartar. Next, smaller deposits are manually removed and tooth surfaces are expertly smoothed. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are polished.
Custom Oral Appliances
Our office can create customized oral appliances to fit your needs. For athletes who use a mouth guard to protect their teeth while practicing and playing, we can provide a properly fitting mouth guard to cover the gums and teeth to provide protection for lips, gums, teeth, and arches. For patients who grind their teeth at night, we can create a custom night guard to relieve temporomandibular joint pain and other effects of grinding the teeth (bruxism).
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth roots after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface.
A tooth that can not be saved with restorative materials may need to be removed. Before removal of the tooth, the area will be numbed with anesthesia. The tooth is loosened from the jawbone and surrounding ligaments and tissues with a gentle rocking motion. Once it is loose, it is gently removed. Stitches may be necessary after the removal of a tooth.