Dental Exams & Cleanings

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Dental Exam

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Zoulas at your initial dental visit.  At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will perform the following:

  • Examination of diagnostic X-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, infections, cysts, and bone loss.  We will only perform the very minimum x-rays which are specific to your dental needs
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the lips, tongue, soft 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, implants, etc.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings 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 and cannot be brushed off with a toothbrush.  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 bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins that can cause gingival inflammation and bleeding when flossing.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!

Healthy Smiles

What does your smile say about you? Let us help you radiate confidence with a healthy smile.