A comprehensive exam will be completed by your dentist at your first dental visit. You can expect the following steps at your appointment:
- X-rays: Digital radiography is used for the detection of dental and oral issues.
- Oral cancer screening: This is a preventive measure that involves the inspection of your mouth, face, neck and throat for oral cancer signs.
- Gum disease evaluation: Your gums and surrounding bones will be examined for periodontal (gum) disease.
- Inspection of teeth: The surfaces of your teeth will be examined for decay using special instruments.
- Inspection of preexisting restorations: Any restorations in your mouth including, fillings, crowns and veneers will be inspected.
Professional Dental Cleaning in Port Moody, BC V3H 2B5
Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam by the dentist and:
- Elimination of calculus (tartar): When plaque hardens, it turns into calculus. Only your dentist or dental hygienist can remove calculus that has formed above and below your gum line using appropriate dental instruments.
- Elimination of plaque: Plaque is a tacky, clear film that is comprised of bacteria and debris that forms on our teeth! This can lead to periodontal disease, which is why eliminating it is so important.
- Polishing of teeth: Residual stains and plaque is removed.
The name sealant is suggestive, because it really does seal plaque and food particles from the grooves and pits in the teeth—these are applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth.
Dental X-rays (radiographs) are a crucial diagnostic tool used for the prevention and detection of dental issues or abnormalities that are not seen during a regular dental exam. Without dental radiographs problems such as cysts, bone loss, tooth decay, poor tooth and root positions can go unnoticed.
Dental X-rays may reveal:
- Abscesses or cysts
- Bone loss
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
- Decay between the teeth
- Developmental abnormalities
- Poor tooth and root positions
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Are dental X-rays safe?
X-rays produce very low radiation and are safe. At our dental clinic, we use advanced digital technology which offers 90% less radiation than traditional X-rays. Everyone is exposed to radiation naturally and the exposure a patient would receive from a full mouth series of X-rays is equivalent to how much exposure one would receive in a day from natural sources of radiation. We also use different techniques to reduce your exposure time. Schedule your dental checkup in Port Moody, BC V3H 2B5 today!