New patients receive a comprehensive examination which includes a screening for oral cancer, gum and bone disease, blood pressure, and systemic disorders. A routine oral exam is performed on established patients to determine any changes in dental and health status since the previous visit.
Your gum tissue is measured with a fine instrument ruler to calibrate in millimeters pocket depth between the tooth and the connective gum tissue around the tooth. Pocket depths more than 4 millimeters could indicate disease and infection. The deeper the pocket, the greater the extent plaque bacteria collects and infection in gum disease develop.
X-rays are taken as needed.
Tooth scaling and root planing occur as needed.
Routine cleanings also include a professional polishing (Prophy) that removes only the soft sticky plaque that is above the gum line.
A time goes by, plaque that is allowed to sit on your teeth eventually hardens into bacteria harboring tartar. Tartar reacts with the foods you eat and leads to tooth decay. Not only that, the bacteria in tartar can start to smell and is a common cause of bad breath.
During your dental checkup, we use a special tooth scaling tool that is used to effectively remove the hard build-up of tartar. This process is most commonly known as tooth scaling. Scaling will remove tartar build-up on the front and back surfaces of your teeth, just above the gum-line. Sometimes, we may detect tartar working its way blow the gum line. In these cases, root planing, also known as a deep cleaning is necessary to remove this tartar from the tooth's root.
Your Comfort Is Most Important!
Washington Township Dental Associates, PA knows how important it is for you to be comfortable during your oral exam. Tooth scaling is often thought of as an unpleasant experience because it is associated with a very sharp "poky-thing" that hurts when it is used. Our office uses a special high-tech ultra-sonic tooth scaling tool that vibrates at very high speeds which quickly breaks up the tartar without having to keep scraping away at your tooth. Using the ultra-sonic scaling tool not only means a more comfortable experience but it also means the scaling process is done in much less time!
Washington Township Dental Associates, PA would love to meet you and your family and provide you with the dental care you deserve! Our office is easily accessible to those living near Sewell to get the care they deserve.Request An Appointment Online
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