Dental Exams and Cleaning

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit.  At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist visit will include the following:

  • 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.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, bridges and dentures.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings, scaling and polishing will be performed by our Registered Dental Hygienists/Therapist. Your hygiene appointment will include 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 (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal or gum disease.
  • Teeth polishing: Removal of stains and plaque that are not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

Root Surface Debridement (RSD)

This treatment is sometimes known as deep root planing and root curettage, it requires the careful removal of plaque and tartar deposits from the root surface of the tooth along with the use of local anesthesia, iodine irrigation and sometimes anti-microbial adjuncts.This treatment is carried out over a number of appointments followed by a review appointment.

How often will I visit my dentist or hygienist?

Your dentist will let you know how often you need to visit as everyone’s oral health needs are different. However, to maintain a healthy mouth every adult requires minimum 6 monthly hygiene appointments.