Procedures

Dental Exams & Cleanings

Dental Exam

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Pearce at your initial dental visit.   This will include:

  • Diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, abbesses, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Digital Photographs of your teeth and gums: These are used during your consultation with Dr Pearce so that you can clearly see if any problems or conditions exist that need treatment
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of your occlusion (bite): Check the way your teeth fit and work together signs of wear, chipping or shifting.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

Dental Hygiene Appointment

Your dental hygiene appointments are performed by Allison, our Registered Dental Hygienists  Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface providing a home for bacteria that cause gum disease.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Decontamination of the pockets surrounding your teeth: Reduce the number of toxic bacteria  that cause gum disease and have been related to other health concerns such as heart disease and diabetes.
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

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