The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist at least twice each year for a checkup and/or hygiene appointment. At your visit you will receive a thorough examination of your teeth, gingival tissue, and other soft tissues by the dentist and the hygienist. They will both be looking for the early signs of decay, restorations that may be failing, gingivitis or periodontal problems, as well as oral cancer.
At your cleaning appointment our talented hygienists will professionally clean your teeth, while accessing your gum tissue for early signs of gum disease, as well as inspecting other oral tissue for potential oral cancer. Our hygienists have received specialized professional training and are licensed members of our team. Their goal is to comfortably and thoroughly clean every patient’s teeth to help prevent the onset of periodontal disease.
The purpose for routine care every six months is to attempt to prevent dental problems. But if problems do arise many times they can be fixed with a more conservative approach. For instance, if we find a small area of decay we can usually fix it with a relatively noninvasive and inexpensive filling. Many times a patient that has not been to the dentist for many years will visit our office, they will report that a tooth chipped several years ago but it wasn’t painful so they didn’t think it was a concern. Now the patient is in pain and they would like the tooth to be fixed. Many times the tooth is hurting because the decay from the cracked area has gotten big enough to infect the nerve of the tooth. Now the patient is left with much more invasive and or expensive options. These options would include Root Canal Therapy, to remove the infected nerve, and a crown to strengthen the remaining tooth structure. Or the tooth may need to be removed, either requiring a bridge or an implant to replace the missing tooth.