We urge all of our patients to come in for dental exams and cleanings at least twice per year to maintain a healthy mouth. Your exam and cleaning appointment at Serene Dental will be split into two parts: the cleaning and the exam.
Every routine dental examination appointment will start with a professional teeth cleaning. At Serene Dental, all of our professional teeth cleanings (dental prophylaxis) will be performed by one of our talented and friendly registered dental hygienists.
The teeth cleaning process will consist of the following steps:
1. Calculus or Tartar Removal
Plaque that has hardened and left for an extended time will adhere to your tooth’s enamel. It can form both above the gum line and beneath it and can only be removed with specialized instruments and techniques.
2. Plaque Removal
Although plaque can’t really be seen, it’s a very sticky film that covers the surface of the teeth. The stickiness consists of a combination of saliva, food residue, and live bacteria. The toxins produced by the bacteria can cause inflammation in the gums and, if left untreated, can lead to gum disease.
The final step of your teeth cleaning will be a polish that removes stains and other buildups that cannot be corrected with scaling and routine teeth brushing.
After your cleaning, the second portion of your appointment will be your dental exam. This examination will be executed by your expert dentist in Portland, OR will consist of the following steps:
1. Inspection of Radiographs (Dental X-Rays)
Your dental x-rays allow your dentists near you to see certain aspects of your oral health that cannot be seen with an oral inspection. Dental x-rays will show the development of tooth decay, any bone loss that might be occurring, and tumors and cysts or abscesses below the gum line. Dental x-rays also produce a clear image of your teeth positioning, which will be necessary should any treatment be required.
2. Screening for Oral Cancer
Your dentist will closely examine your gums, tongue, soft tissues, throat, lips, face, and neck for any indications or early signs of cancer.
3. Screening for Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Your dentist will check your gums and teeth for any indications of developing gum disease.
4. Checking for Tooth Decay
Using special tools, your dentist will canvas every tooth surfaces for tooth decay.
5. Restoration Check-Up
If you have any existing restorative work in your teeth, such as dental crowns and dental fillings, your Portland dentist will check their quality.