Exam

dental cleanings + Sparwood BCAt your first dental visit a complete dental exam will be done by your dentist. At that time and at following regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include:

  • Diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): to find decay, tumours, cysts, bone loss and tooth positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: to check your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: to check your gums and bone around your teeth for any signs of periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Examination of tooth surfaces: to check for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: to check your fillings, crowns, veneers etc.

Dental Cleanings

Registered Dental Hygienists do professional dental cleanings (scaling, root planing and polishing). Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam by the dentist and:

  • Calculus (tartar) Removal: Calculus is plaque that is hardened and firmly attached to the tooth. As a result, calculus forms above and below the gum line, and can only be removed with appropriate 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 produces toxins that inflame the gums. As a result, this inflammation is the start of periodontal disease and can effect your general health!
  • Teeth polishing: The removal of stains and plaque that remain after brushing or scaling.
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