South Bay Dentistry is committed to providing top-notch dental care that encompasses the latest technological advancements. As part of our comprehensive services, we are pleased to offer dental X-rays, a valuable tool that aids in accurate diagnoses and personalized treatment plans. Let’s explore the benefits of dental X-rays and how they contribute to the exceptional care we provide.
Dental X-rays allow our skilled dental professionals to visualize areas that are not visible to the naked eye. This technology enables us to detect cavities, gum disease, impacted teeth, and other dental issues at their early stages, ensuring timely interventions and preventing further complications.
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by our dentist at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, our dentist and hygienist will perform the following:
- Examination of diagnostic X-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
- Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
- Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special 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 produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
- Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.