DENTAL EXAMS & CLEANINGS
Dental exams and cleanings go hand in hand. A cleaning involves our hygienist using instruments to clean off any plague and tartar that has built up around the teeth and gums. Once the hygienist has completed the cleaning, flossing, and polishing, the dentist is called over to exam the mouth. The dentist is looking for any signs of decay (ie, discoloration, lesions, pain). The dentist and hygienist may also use an intraoral camera to show the patient what they see. This is also the time when the patient can with the doctor about any concerns they may have. At the time of examination, the dentist will make any diagnosis and suggest treatment options should any be needed.
SEALANTSSealants are often done as a preventative measure for very early decay or deep grooves found in teeth. If the dentist sees staining (early signs of decay) or notices that the patient has deep grooves (which provide easy access for decay to begin), they may suggest that we do a sealant to protect the tooth from further decay and the need for a filling later. This is because teeth with deep grooves will often develop decay even with excellent brushing habits. There is no need for anesthetic when doing sealants.