Comprehensive Exam and Cleaning
Why do you need a dental exam?
It is important to check in with your dentist on a regular basis to make sure that your oral health is doing good. In this scheduled checkup, the dentist performs a thorough checkup of your teeth, gums, and other oral health issues including oral cancer. They also check up on any previous procedures that might have taken place at an earlier time. After the evaluation, they advise you of any treatment that might be required.
What to expect during a dental examination?
Depending on the condition of a patient's teeth and their oral history, there are a few procedures that can be expected. A general X-Ray of your mouth or bitewing X-ray helps detect tooth decay. In the case of previously performed procedures, a dentist might take an X-ray of an individual tooth. Other procedures might include oral photos for face profiles or intraoral photos. A visit also usually comes with a thorough cleaning and is followed up with advice on any procedure you might need to go through.
What does a thorough cleaning of the mouth mean?
This is a regular form of cleaning that doesn't require any special medication or process. The dentist simply uses scalers or sonic handpieces to get rid of any plaque or built-up calculus; afterwards, they floss and polish the teeth.
What is the difference between regular and deep cleaning?
This is a frequently asked question with quite a simple answer. The main thing that differentiated between the two is that deep cleaning is more extensive and done when periodontal issues like deep pockets, bone loss are detected. A 3 month maintenance schedule is recommended after this procedure.