A dental exam and teeth cleanings are necessary to maintain the optimum health of your smile. Regular dental exams are performed to check for cavities, gums, loose restorations, and even oral cancer. Teeth cleanings involve removing tartar and stains from the teeth while checking your gum health. At De Lucs Dental, LLC, we believe that preventive care is essential to identify problems early on and ensure timely treatment.
What to Expect During Dental Exams?
During your routine examination, we perform the following actions:
First, we will take digital X-ray images of your teeth to look for developing cavities, gum issues, cysts, and bone loss. Digital X-rays help identify oral problems in their early stages that are not visible to the naked eye. Additionally, they can also be used as a visual reference to explain conditions and treatment options to patients.
Tooth decay, if spotted in the initial stages, can save you considerable time and money on further expensive treatments like fillings or restorations. We will help you maintain caries-free and pearly white teeth by providing preventative treatments like sealants and fluoride applications.
Based on clinical examination and X-ray images, we will look for inflamed, swollen, bleeding gums or bone loss that may be a symptom of an underlying gum problem.
Oral cancer can go undetected for years before the symptoms become apparent. Early diagnosis is crucial to promoting positive outcomes. With this in mind, we will evaluate your oral tissue for any lesions, lumps, or discolorations, which could be potential signs of oral cancer.
What Happens During Teeth Cleaning?
Another significant part of dental exams is professional teeth cleanings. The primary purpose of cleanings is to remove plaque and tartar deposits from your teeth. Plaque is a soft, sticky material that sticks to your teeth when oral hygiene is not adequate.
Over time, plaque becomes hardened and is difficult to remove from the tooth’s surface with regular brushing. When this happens, we will utilize an ultrasonic scaler that operates at a very high frequency and eliminates the tartar deposits from the teeth.
During every appointment, we will comprehensively assess your periodontal health and prevent further progression of gum inflammation. After cleaning, we will polish your teeth to reduce the chances of plaque build-up.
Dr. Gary Lucombe Dentist in Silver Spring, MD can help provide solutions that will improve your oral health while transforming your smile. Visit our office, De Lucs Dental, LLC, at 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 204, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or call 301-587-8081 | 301-587-8082.