Exam & Cleaning

Exam & Cleaning

Dominion Dental Spa: Exam & Cleaning

At Dominion Dental, we want to build relationships with our patients based on trust and consistency.  Dentistry typically happens in one of two ways:  repair dentistry or maintenance dentistry.  For a patient, repair dentistry means waiting until something is wrong or causes pain before coming to see a dentist.  Maintenance dentistry means keeping up with the health of your mouth on a consistent basis.  In our office, maintenance dentistry rests on a solid foundation of regularly scheduled exams (check-ups) and professional teeth cleanings.

What Does an Exam Involve?

  • Periodic Oral Evaluation – Dr. Bushong performs a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums. They screen for cavities and gum disease, which are both infectious diseases that can be prevented or easily treated when detected early enough.
  • Oral Cancer Screening – Our dentist and hygienists are diligent in their extensive investigation of all of the soft tissues in the mouth for any signs of oral cancer. This is performed at every checkup!
  • Orthodontic Evaluation – Because we strongly believe in both the cosmetic and health benefits of Invisalign®, each checkup includes an orthodontic evaluation. Teeth move over time.  Some orthodontic problems that start as very minor can evolve into major problems.
  • TMJ Evaluation – TMJ health and function is something we check at each exam appointment. Please let your dentist know if you have noticed any changes in your jaw joints, like clicking or popping sounds, a change in the distance you can open, or any pain in the joints.
  • X-rays – Dental x-rays are an essential part of a dental exam. We cannot perform maintenance dentistry and early detection without x-rays.  Dental x-rays allow us to catch cavities and gum disease while they are small problems.  The digital x-ray technology we use at DDS ensures that you are completely safe with our x-rays.

Why is an Exam Important?

A regularly scheduled exam provides many benefits to your oral health.

Early Detection – The smaller problems are when they are detected, the easier they are to fix.  A small cavity may require a filling to repair it.  A large cavity that has broken down the tooth and caused pain likely requires a root canal, tooth buildup, and crown.  There is a huge difference in cost, time, and level of comfort between these two scenarios.

Maintenance Dentistry – Maintenance keeps the components of your mouth in good health.  It is simpler and less expensive to maintain something in a state of health than something in a state of disease.

Risk Assessment – Your dentist gathers information about your specific oral health and determines where your risk lies.  Some patients have a high risk for developing cavities.  Others are more prone to gum disease.  Many people have very healthy teeth and gums, but are at risk for destroying their teeth with clenching and grinding habits.  Knowing your risk enables you to take action and change the habits that increase those risks.

What Does a Professional Teeth Cleaning Involve?

When you have your teeth professionally cleaned by one of our highly skilled dental hygienists, all of the harmful bacteria adhering to your teeth are completely removed.  A teeth cleaning eliminates odor- and disease-causing bacteria to leave you with a fresh, healthy mouth.

After all of the bacterial buildup has been cleaned from the teeth surfaces, the teeth are then polished to leave a smooth, shiny surface.  This highly polished enamel is less likely to attract more bacteria.

Why is a Professional Teeth Cleaning Important?

A professional teeth cleaning removes plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth.  When it is not removed and remains on the teeth, it causes cavities and/or gum disease.  The cleaning reduces that risk, keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

No matter how well you brush and floss at home, there are spots you cannot clean.  The dental hygienist ensures that these spots do not turn into cavities by removing the bacteria that you have missed.

What Is The Most Important Thing to Know About Exams and Cleanings?

Maintenance is always less expensive than repair.  If you have gotten out of the routine of regularly scheduled exams and cleanings, there may be a little repair required to get you back into maintenance phase.  Once you are back on a maintenance routine, we will do everything we can to keep you on schedule.

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