A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr.'s Pfeifer at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, Dr.'s Pfeifer and the hygienists will include the following:.
Oral cancer screening: Carefully examining the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions
Gum disease evaluation: Examining the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
Dental Examination : All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay or defects, visually, tactilely, and with laser decay detector. Existing restorations will be evaluated for leakage and recurrent decay.
Occlusal Examination : A person's occlusion (bite) can affect many aspects of dental health. Inappropriate forces on the teeth can cause increased wear, tooth or restoration fracture, and greatly increase the risk of periodontal disease. Headaches and jaw joint pain may also be linked to bite problems.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by 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. 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 that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
- Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.