Comprehensive Exam: This involves a detailed examination of your teeth, gums, soft tissues, tempormandibular joint and jaw muscles and includes a visual oral cancer screening. We consider the exam appointment the most important appointment as this is when any decay and other is noted, all the necessary diagnostic procedures are done (xrays, possibly photos diagnostic casts, etc) and appropriate treatment is decided.
Digital xrays: We use digital xrays at our practice. This cuts the radiation amount by almost 90% and there is no wait time.
Xrays are an essential part of a comprehensive exam and reveal many conditions that may not be apparent during a visual exam. Xrays help reveal early decay in between teeth, abscesses or cysts at the root tips, bone loss, cancerous/non cancerous lesions in the bone.
Oral prophylaxis (Cleaning): This includes gently scraping the tartar and plaque above the gumline with the Ultrasonic handpiece and hand instruments. Usually done for patients who have been diagnosed with healthy gums.
Fluoride Treatment: Fluoride helps to mineralise the enamel and make it more resistant to decay. In our office we deliver fluoride in the varnish form. The fluoride varnish is painted on the teeth especially the back chewing surfaces and left in place for 4-5 hours. During this time even though water, juice and eating is alright, sodas and any kind of chewy, sticky and hard foods must be avoided. You may brush your teeth to get it off after 4-5 hours.
Fluoride treatment is usually done in children under 14 years. It may be recommended in adults who have a lot of crowns and fillings, people who are on medications and suffer from dry mouth and people who are prone to getting cavities.
Fluoride alone cannot stop decay. Good oral hygiene practices, healthy nutrition consisting of a lot of fruits and vegetables and regular dental checkups play a very important role.