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Common Procedures


Common Procedures

Diagnostic & Oral Exams​


It is necessary to have a dental Oral Exam twice per year (every six months) in order to detect any potential issues and problems and to take action as necessary.

An oral exam is how your dentist or hygienist will check your teeth for cavities. Your dental professional is trained to identify other health problems such as gum disease and inflammation or bone loss. Examinations such as these are an important part of oral health care and preventative maintenance.

During a dental examination, general condition of the teeth and oral structures are checked and verified. The teeth are checked for cavities and calculus deposits. Long term dental goals are set and plans of action are determined.

Generally, new x-rays are done during these bi-annual examinations. This is how the dentist will find hidden decay that may be between the teeth and verify the condition of the teeth and bone. It is usually necessary to obtain an x-ray to find early signs of disease. It is usually less costly and more comfortable to prevent an issue than to correct one neglected.

Another important part of a dental oral examination is the training and instructions given by your dental professional. This instruction includes dental hygiene habits and proper brushing and flossing methods. He can advise you on the proper tools to use, and what not to use. He can tell you the dangers of certain foods to the teeth and the dangers of certain over the counter products. He will also give you an opportunity to ask questions about your oral health. If you are experiencing dry mouth, bad breath, or pain these are issues you should discuss together.

Regular check-ups are critical to assess and address oral health problems early. As with all health issues, early treatment prevents what could be future painful and expensive treatments. Dental decay and disease will not cure itself. It must be treated and will progressively worsen causing health issues and possibly tooth loss.



Some people go years brushing their teeth without visiting their dentist to check on their oral health. They don’t understand that visiting the dentist is just as important as scheduling visits with their primary care physician.

While brushing is a normal part of oral maintenance, daily care of the teeth and gums must also include flossing. Regularly practicing these two steps will help to keep them in tip top shape. This routine will keep plaque buildup at bay. Practicing good oral hygiene also includes scheduling regular visits to the dentist.

Plaque buildup is characterized initially by yellow stains on the teeth. Plaque is caused by deposits of food particles which, if not brushed away properly, leads to tartar. Flossing should always follow brushing after every meal to alleviate the onset of plaque.Neglecting these steps could cause painful inflammation of the gums, tooth decay and periodontal disease. This malady can have devastating effects, including loss of bone structure and gingivitis.Professional dental cleanings works well with the daily care taken at home, but only needs to be done every six to twelve months, unless the dentist recommends more frequent visits. After each visit the dentist will thoroughly check the patient’s oral history to ensure the health of their teeth and gums is not at risk.

During the dental cleaning visit, a dental hygienist will likely take the lead in cleaning the teeth. They will remove tartar and plaque buildup followed by polishing the teeth’s surface, before finishing with a fluoride treatment. Patients not regularly attending a dentist should seek one to ensure the maintenance of their oral health. Although some people fear visiting dentists, they are trained to calm your fears, especially if you forewarn them in advance.

Strong and healthy teeth also aid in proper digestion. However, not caring properly for them will lead to complications that are difficult to overcome. By following simple guidelines and regular dental cleanings, you can ensure the longevity of your teeth.

Digital X-Rays


Using the most advanced dental technology possible is just as important as staying up-to-date on the latest treatment techniques. Because our practice is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office.

Digital X-rays provide several advanced imaging options, designed to save time, provide clearer dental photos, and expose patients to less radiation than with traditional X-ray technology.

Our practice is focused on making your dental experience as comfortable as possible. At your next appointment, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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