Mark Gilbert Family Dentistry
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Digital radiography is the cutting edge of dental x-ray technology. Rather than the x-ray films that were once used, digital x-rays use an electronic sensor that immediately saves the image to a computer, where they can be quickly viewed, and problem areas can be easily focused on, identifying any issues with your teeth faster and more efficiently. X-rays are an essential part of regular dental examination, because they reveal internal problems that could otherwise not be detected with even the most thorough exam.
Most dentists recommend that children receive a professional application of topical fluoride at least one a year.
Dr. Gilbert, and the hygenists will give you a complete and thorough dental examination as part of your regular check-up. Typically, these examinations will include the following procedures:
Digital x-rays will be taken and examined for signs of decay, cysts, or tumors, as well as careful examination of tooth and root positions.
An oral cancer screening will be conducted, examining the patient’s neck, lips, tongue, gums, throat, and tissues for any signs of cancer.
Gums and bone around the teeth will be examined and evaluated for signs of periodontal disease.
The surfaces of the patient’s teeth will be examined through the use of dental equipment designed to detect tooth decay.
Sealants, crowns, fillings, and other restorative dental work will be checked to ensure that they are still intact and functioning correctly.
The removal of plaque. Plaque is a film comprised of bacteria, food particles, and saliva that adheres to the teeth and releases toxins that cause inflammation in the gums, which will lead to gum disease if left untreated.
The removal of tartar, or calculus, a form of plaque that has been left on a tooth for too long without being treated, and has affixed itself to the tooth’s surface, becoming thick and hard. Tartar cannot be removed through normal means once it forms, and requires the use of dental equipment designed for this purpose.
The teeth will be polished and cleaned of any stains or remaining plaque that was not removed during the brushing and scaling process.