Check-up appointments are a great way to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. Our routine check-up appointments include a soft tissue exam, oral cancer screening, a thorough examination of each tooth, filling, crown, implant and any partial or full dentures. Check-up x-rays are taken once a year to look for any cavities or failing restorations. Once the exam is complete a thorough prophylaxis (cleaning) is completed. Dental cleanings vary from patient to patient. Each cleaning is tailored to the individual patient’s needs. Some patients naturally do not produce much buildup and they have great hygiene. As you can imagine this dental prophylaxis (cleaning) would not take much time. We will make sure any soft or hard buildup is removed from around the gum line and in between the teeth and finish it off with a soft polish to remove any surface stains. This would obviously vary depending on how much buildup is around the gum line, if there is any below the gum line, and of course it would also depend on the patient’s oral hygiene routine. Once the cleaning is complete the doctor will discuss what trends she is noticing in your mouth to help you keep them clean at home. The check-up appointment is also a great place to ask for any tips on brushing and flossing, and to ask about whitening your teeth.
What does a routine check up include?
- X-rays (taken once a year to check for cavities and infections)
- Medical history update
- Oral Cancer screening
- Checking for signs of gum disease
- Give oral hygiene instruction where needed
- Clinical exam to check for cavities, cracks, worn out fillings, and signs of grinding.
- Periodontal Maintenance (this is where your teeth are cleaned with a polisher and scalers to remove hard to remove buildup)
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Please call us at (562) 866-0406 or schedule your appointment online:Find a Lakewood Dentist at Practice Lakewood Smiles on ZocDoc
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