Dental Exams & Cleanings
Your initial visit with Dr. Correa will entail a comprehensive dental cleaning and oral examination that involves a visual inspection, charting, periodontal probing (to test the depths of periodontal pockets), diagnosis, and a careful discussion of your treatment options. Dr. Correa may also take panoramic digital X-rays for a better view of your oral health.
Afterwards, we recommend scheduling preventive checkup and cleaning appointments at least once every six months, or more frequently, if necessary.
What to Expect from Dental Exams & Cleanings
- The point of routine dental exams is to make sure your mouth and teeth are healthy. The routine cleanings will remove the bacteria-rich plaque and tartar that could lead to cavities, gum disease, bad breath, infections, and potentially, tooth loss
- During every visit, your friendly hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth of plaque and tartar, then polish your teeth for a healthy shine and bacteria-resistant finish.
- Your visits may also include tips on improving your oral hygiene practices at home, as well as recommendations for hygiene products that may benefit you most.
- If plaque and tartar have already worked their way underneath your gums, then Dr. Correa might recommend deep cleaning, or periodontal cleaning, to mitigate your risks of gum disease and damage.
How Often Should I Schedule Exams & Cleanings?
The general rule for most patients is to attend a regular dental exam and cleaning appointment at least once every six months. However, some patients may require more frequent visits, especially those that exhibit tooth decay or gum disease, or who are at an exceptionally high risk of developing either. After an initial consultation, Dr. Correa will recommend a schedule of exams and cleanings suitable to your needs.
What’s the Difference Between Regular Cleaning and Deep Cleaning?
During a regular dental cleaning, your hygienist will focus on removing plaque and tartar from your teeth’s visible surfaces to prevent the bacterial films from causing trouble. By contrast, deep cleaning involves accessing the area underneath your gums to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth’s roots. Because it is more involved, deep cleaning often requires more than a single visit to complete, but the procedure can help most patients prevent the advancement of gum disease.