DENTAL EXAMS & CLEANING

  A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit.  At regular check-up exams, your dentist 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. At Philadelphia Dental all X-rays are digital and have minimal exposure.

  • 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.

  • Dental cleaning (dental prophylaxis).

 

  During your regular six-month recall visit we will perform a periodic exam and and a dental prophylaxis cleaning.

  Professional Dental Cleaning

  Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed during your initial and six-month recall visits. 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.

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