Dental cleanings and examinations every six months, combined with good home care are the best defense against dental disease. Our hygienist will check for decay, gum disease and signs of oral cancer during the exam. Your questions can be answered and suggestions will be made to help you maintain good oral health.
X-rays are a diagnostic tool that allow us to see the health below the tooth structure and look at supporting structures of your teeth. X-rays can reveal the advanced nature of the gum disease as well as tumors, cysts, and abscesses. There are 3 basic types of X-rays:
• Bitewings: Uses to detect cavities and monitor bone levels.
• Periapical X-rays: A X-ray of a specific tooth used to spot tooth problems such as impacted teeth, bone loss and abscesses.
• Panoramic X-rays: This X-ray captures the entire mouth and jaw. These are used to check positioning of wisdom teeth to check for tumors/cysts.
Dr. Malinconcio and his staff follow the ADA recommendations regarding the frequency of radiographs. Even though no x-ray can be considered routine many people require x-rays on a regular basis so that their dental condition can be monitored. The frequency of x-rays will depend on your medical and dental history and current condition.
When a patient presents with periodontal (gum) disease they will require a deep scaling. This is a non-surgical procedure preformed by the doctor in which he removes plaque and tarter from underneath the gum tissue. After the disease process from beneath the gumline is under control you will require more frequent cleanings, also known as periodontal maintenance to keep your mouth healthy.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that prevents tooth decay systemically when ingested during tooth development and topically when applied to erupted teeth. It promotes the remineralization or repair of tooth enamel in areas that have been broken down by cavity- causing acids. The hygienist will apply fluoride to the teeth as a gel or foam, It is important for infants and children up to 16 years of age to be exposed to fluoride. This is the time during which the primary and permanent teeth develop.
Dental sealants act as a barrier protecting teeth against decay causing bacteria. The sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of newly erupted molars where decay occurs most often.
Good oral hygiene is key to a healthy smile. We encourage our patients to schedule regular visits every 4-6 months.