Preventive / Prophylactic Treatments
Here we cover some basic information on common dental procedures - Please contact us with any specific questions you may have regarding these procedures.
This includes a short problem focused examination and diagnostic tests/X-rays to evaluate an immediate concern. Depending on the time available we will determine if treatment can be performed the same day or if we will need to schedule it for another day. We will always try our best to perform treatment the same day to save you time and get you out of pain. However, delivering excellent, quality dentistry is always our top priority, and if the time allowed at the limited exam isn’t sufficient to complete treatment, we will perform palliative care and schedule an appropriate time to deliver the best treatment you deserve.
Prophylaxis involves a through cleaning and polishing of your teeth. It is done to protect your teeth against cavities and gum disease and to prevent the progression of any such existing problems.
Oral prophylaxis is recommended to be done twice a year as a preventive measure, but should be performed every 3-4 months for patients with more severe periodontal (gum) disease. For patients who have braces, other orthodontic appliances or implants, oral prophylaxis is recommended to be done more frequently.
The only way to accurately diagnose and prevent dental disease is with a thorough examination. A simple visual examination will only give us part of the information needed, as we cannot possibly see what is happening inside a tooth.
Dental X-rays are the most important tool we have to help visualize the extent of disease, and also to notice early signs of dental decay and disease. Different types of radiographs (X-rays) have different purposes and how often they’re taken can vary from one person to the next.
Depending on your situation, age, past dental problems, or current dental concern, we will make the best determination for the needed X-rays:
This a series of 18 X-rays which includes Bitewings and Periapical X-rays and show detailed images of every tooth. It is very important to begin your diagnosis with a good strong foundation, so we always recommend a full mouth series as part of the initial comprehensive examination. The series may then be repeated every 3-5 years depending on your oral health needs.