Dental Cleaning, Check-up, and Prevention
Even if you take excellent care of your teeth and gums at home, it’s beneficial to see a dentist regularly. At Roman Dental we check for problems that you may not see or feel. Early treatment of teeth and gums provides better outcomes with fewer dental visits.
How Often Should You Visit The Dentist For a Check-Up?
The American Dental Association recommendation is to visit twice a year for check-ups and cleanings. This frequency level works well for most people.
Patients with implants, crowns and some people with gum disease, a genetic predisposition for plaque build-up or cavities, or a weakened immune system might need to visit the dentist more frequently for optimal care.
Important Reasons for Twice-Yearly Visits:
Dental exams identify problems at the earliest stage before symptoms occur, avoiding discomfort and inconvenience.
Early treatment is more conservative, saving teeth, time, expense and providing better outcomes.
What Happens At The Typical Check-Up Appointment?
•Cleaning Although at-home tooth brushing and flossing help remove plaque, only a professional cleaning – provided by the dentist or dental hygienist – can thoroughly clean your teeth and remove the hardened plaque (called calculus or tartar) that builds up on teeth above and below the gum line.
•Polishing After your teeth have been cleaned, they are polished to smooth and remove stains on the surface. The polish may contain fluoride to harden the enamel, resist future decay, prevent and reduce tooth and root sensitivity.
•Prevention The hygienist may offer additional cleaning methods for you to follow at home, based on the results of your exam. Don’t hesitate to ask us for instructions about brushing or flossing, or general care questions about your teeth and gums.
Dental sealants, placed during childhood, can prevent cavities from forming on adult teeth. A sealant is a tooth colored protective film that is applied to the pits and fissures on the biting surfaces of molars. This procedure requires no drilling or tooth structure removal. Decay causing bacteria are sealed out, preventing biting surface cavities. It’s best to have this procedure performed at just the right time; prior to any signs of tooth decay and just after the biting surface of the tooth has completely protruded through the gum tissue. During routine dental check-ups, dentists monitor tooth development and suggest the best time to place sealants. This simple service is proven to reduce the potential for cavities.
Fluoride treatments are recommended to younger patients in order to harden enamel, prevent cavities and reduce sensitivity. Fluoride treatments are particularly beneficial to patients, regardless of age, with root surfaces exposed above the gum line. Fluoride treatments physically harden and protect the fragile root surfaces which often decay in later life. Fluoride treatments are proven to reduce decay causing oral bacteria. At Roman Dental we employ fluoride gels, mousses, and varnishes to reduce the potential for cavities, limit root sensitivity and prevent root surface decay in mature patients.
Digital X-rays (Radiographs) To limit X-ray exposure, we use advanced x-ray equipment. Digital dental radiography dramatically reduces radiation exposure. With the aid of software we more accurately view areas of dental concern. Following the guidelines of the American Dental Association, we recommend taking a digital panoramic radiograph every five years and small cavity detecting films annually. This schedule allows early detection and prevention of dental problems while minimizing radiation exposure.
To insure the health and safety of our patients and staff, at Roman Dental we maintain and invest in the latest X-ray equipment available.
Examination: Photographs and X-rays may be taken to locate and document dental concerns. Check-ups include examination of gum tissue (periodontal health), checking for cavities, checking the tissues in the mouth for lumps, bumps and discoloration (oral cancer screen), checking for tooth roots that are exposed above the gum-line (gum recession), sensitivity, tooth wear from clenching and checking for comfort and health of the jaw joint.
Treatment Recommendations: During the dental check-up we will discuss any particular issues that may be of concern including dental appearance, comfort and function. Based on the results and concerns discussed during the check-up, together we make a plan to maintain or improve dental health, comfort and appearance.
Education and Prevention Technology
•Intra-Oral Camera: A small, pen shaped camera projects a live picture of your teeth and gums on a TV monitor allowing you to view your mouth exactly as the doctor sees it.