Oral hygiene and nutritional counseling is a key part of our patient education, as oral health is directly related to overall health. It is our goal to educate our patients on all aspects of their oral health. With detailed intra-oral photos, radiographs and extra-oral photos we are able to review our clinical and radiographic findings in great detail with each patient. With this information great pride is placed in taking the time to sit down with each and every patient to explain our findings as well as taking the time to address their concerns and questions.
Dental Images and Radiographs
Dental images are taken using a camera and are used as a visual aid for patient education when discussing their dental health as well as to help the dentist fully evaluate both intra-oral and extra-oral conditions.
Dental radiographs (x-rays) are images taken in order to help the dentist properly evaluate presence and extent of cavities, health and level of surrounding bone, as well as other areas that may not be directly visible during the clinical examination.
Dental Cleanings and Exams
Dental Prophylaxis (cleaning) is the process in which the dental hygienist will use hand instruments and electric rotary or sonic scaling instruments to clean all surfaces of the teeth.
With each dental hygiene appointment a thorough (exam) review of medical history, diet, home-care, chief complaints, review of radiographs (if applicable), oral cancer screening, as well as a detailed extra-oral and intra-oral clinical exam will be completed.
A composite resin is applied to the deep grooves and pits of healthy molars to provide a barrier against bacteria and ultimately dental cavities.
Topical Fluoride Varnish
A topical fluoride agent that adheres to the teeth and is absorbed into the enamel to aid in strengthening the teeth. Topical fluoride varnish is applied to the teeth with a small brush at the end of a hygiene visit.
Occlusal Guards/Night Guards
A custom fit occlusal/night guard is used to protect the teeth from para-functional habits such as grinding (bruxism) and subsequently from damage. Custom made occlusal/night guards are specifically designed to not only protect the teeth from wear and tear, but to allow for a more comfortable relationship between the upper and lower jaw when clenching/grinding, thus removing stress on the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) and surrounding muscles.