Dental exam

Dr. Vann will perform a comprehensive dental exam upon your initial visit. Regular checkups will include the following:

  • Examination of diagnostic X-rays: Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: The face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues and gums will be checked for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: The gums and bone around the teeth will be checked for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.

Professional dental cleaning

Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Stains and plaque that are not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling are now removed.