Dental Cleanings and Examinations
Initial Dental Examination
Your dentist will administer a thorough dental examination at your first visit. During your follow-up visits, your dentist and a dental hygienist will perform other dental procedures.
X-rays of the Mouth Are Taken
X-rays are performed in order to see the placement of teeth and their roots. Not only that, but they also imperative for detecting bone loss, tumors, cysts, and tooth decay.
Screening for Oral Cancer
Gums, tissues, lips, throat, tongue, neck and face will all be checked for any signs of oral cancer.
Gum Disease Screening
During this procedure, you will be checked for any indications of periodontal disease that may be present. The bones surrounding the teeth and the gums are searched thoroughly.
Dental Decay Check
Dental equipment is used to determine if there is a presence of tooth decay.
Professional Cleaning of the Teeth
Professional teeth cleanings, also known as dental prophylaxis are performed by a dentist’s assistants, which are known professionally as dental hygienists. Here is what to expect during while having your teeth cleaned.
Tartar is a buildup of plaque on the surface of the teeth. When plaque is not successfully removed through brushing and flossing, it is left on the teeth for extended periods, becomes stuck to the teeth and transforms into tartar. Due to the nature of tartar, it can only be removed with the use of professional dental equipment.
Plaque can be referred to as a living, film-like substance that sticks to the surface of the teeth. It’s made of saliva, tiny particles of food, and living bacteria. The bacteria from plaque irritates the gums, which is the beginning of periodontal disease and should be addressed promptly.
Scaling and brushing will not always remove all traces of plaque but during this procedure, the remaining plaque is removed and stains are polished.
Cosmetic dentistry is the practice of improving the appearance of the teeth, but not necessarily their health or function. Cosmetic dental procedures include but are not limited to teeth whitening, white-colored fillings and veneers.
Veneers are extremely thin layers of porcelain that are applied to the front of the teeth in order to enhance their appearance. The procedure is relatively simple and can be done without administering anesthesia.
Dental implants are composed of metal rods inserted into the jaw which then allow for mounting of replacement teeth.
Dental professionals use chemical bleaching agents to not only remove stains from the teeth but to further whiten their natural color in a teeth whitening procedure.
This is what you can expect during an initial appointment with your dentist and future visits. For those who are concerned with not only the health and function of their teeth but also their appearance, there are several other well-known dental procedures that can help you achieve the smile you desire.
First and foremost, it’s advisable to address the health of your teeth before their cosmetic appearance, for obvious reasons. A beautiful smile starts with having healthy teeth. Once you’ve taken care of your teeth, then you can focus on improving their appearance.