Although our office specializes in Prosthodontics, we stress the importance of maintaining and scheduling consistent routine dental exams, x-rays, and cleanings. Similar to your annual physical exam, routine visits will help maintain your oral health and hygiene. At our practice, our hygienist will assist you in creating a personalized hygiene routine at home while also establishing an in-office cleaning schedule tailored to fit your dental needs.
Routine dental cleanings are a great asset for both patient and doctor. We are able to monitor bone loss, periodontal conditions, changes in bite, and observe any concerns for decay. Our hygienist will also note any oral tissue changes, such as bleeding or inflammation, and note any appearances of lumps or sores. Many oral health changes can be an indicator of other changes within the body. A routine exam and dental cleaning are important to schedule so we may follow up with your medical history and bodily health changes.
During routine exams and dental cleanings, dental x-rays are periodically taken to show your bone level, areas between the teeth, and to note any changes in recurrent or new decay. It is important to have x-rays taken to help monitor your dental health even if you are not experiencing any symptoms. With the minimal amount of radiation exposure, the doctor is able to diagnose changes in your oral cavity. Combined with a cleaning and exam, dental x-rays will ensure that we are able to treat our patients efficiently and safely.