Professional dental cleanings and check-ups ensure the life-long health and beauty of your smile. Even if you take excellent care of your teeth and gums at home, it’s beneficial to see a dentist regularly. Check-ups provide early detection of cavities, gum disease, wisdom tooth impactions, and oral cancer. Dental hygienists clean under the gum-line and between teeth where toothbrush bristles and floss don’t reach. Additionally, dental cleanings & check-ups deliver brighter smiles and fresh breath. At Roman Dental we check for problems that you may not see or feel. Early treatment of teeth and gums, saves on the cost of dental care and provides better outcomes with fewer visits.
How Often Should You Have a Dental Cleaning & Check-Up?
The American Dental Association’s 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: The Dental Check-Up Appointment?
At-home tooth brushing and flossing help remove plaque. However, 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 forms on teeth above and below the gum line.
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.
Based on the results of your check-up, the hygienist may offer additional cleaning methods for you to follow at home. Please ask us for instructions about brushing, 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.
Advanced digital x-ray equipment is used to limit radiation exposure. Digital dental radiography dramatically reduces radiation exposure and provides a better diagnostic image. Because of the improved image quality the dentist and hygienist can detect gum disease and cavities earlier before they progress. With the aid of software, we more accurately view areas of a 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 ensure the health and safety of patients and staff, Roman Dental maintains and invests in the latest X-ray equipment available. Additionally, the equipment is regularly inspected for safe and proper function.
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.
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
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.