Diagnosis and Prevention
With regular checkups every six months, we can detect and treat early signs of disease and tooth decay, significantly limiting damage and costs.
Most people should visit the dentist twice a year for general check-ups and cleaning. Some situations may call for more regular appointments, such as if a patient presents signs of gum disease.
The purpose of regular visits is to prevent small problems from becoming big ones, and to be proactive about early signs of decay, onset of gum disease or other oral health issues. It is important to diagnose and treat such problems at an early stage before they become damaging, dangerous and costly.
In some situations, the dentist may take an X-ray, or use other investigative technologies, to confirm the exact nature of a problem, such as a cavity. When problems are found, the dentist will recommend a treatment plan to schedule return visits, or refer you to a specialist for additional tests.
At your first appointment, or if changes occur with your medications or medical condition, you will need to inform the dentist of what medicines you are taking and any medical conditions you have. It is important to be completely candid, even if you do not see the relevance. Some conditions or diseases can increase the risk of oral problems, while others might impact the efficiency of anesthesia. The same is true for the medicines you take.
Also let the dentist know if you are worried or nervous about dental treatments. Dentistry has changed immensely in recent years and continues to evolve. Pain and anxiety management have improved greatly in recent years with many options. The dentist will advise you on the best course of action for your circumstances.
Where necessary, we can remove any buildup of tartar by scaling and polishing your teeth. If necessary, we can demonstrate when and how brushing and flossing should be done to maintain excellent oral health and a brilliant smile.
While daily brushing and flossing cleans most plaque from your teeth, the dentist may recommend a professional cleaning to remove any buildup of hardened plaque (tartar). Here are elements to consider for the best long-term care:
Scaling: Various instruments are used to loosen and remove the tartar. At the same time, a mist of water washes away the debris while maintaining the right temperature.
Polishing: After the tartar has been cleaned away, the teeth are polished using an abrasive, often mixed with fluoride. Fluoride may also be applied after polishing
Prevention: if necessary, we will give detailed instructions and demonstrations about how to care for your teeth and gums at home, including brushing, flossing, and tongue cleaning.
Reduced Anxiety: Most people find the cleaning process painless, though some may dislike the sounds and sensations. If at any point you feel uncomfortable, tell the dentist, and the treatment will be modified to suit you.
Periodontal care is the prevention and treatment of gum disease. Without regular checkups, gum disease can develop and cause extensive damage before you even notice.
Periodontal diseases are serious bacterial infections that can result in tooth loss. Periodontal literally means "relating to the gums."
Gingivitis is a relatively mild form of gum disease that makes the gums bleed. With the right treatment and care, this can be easily cured.