Routine Cleanings and Exam Appointments
All adults are scheduled for a full hour for routine cleanings with the hygienist. At this time the dentist does a thorough examination and oral cancer screening. We believe this amount of time is required to be able to provide the highest quality of care to our patients. If the dentist determines additional treatment is needed, we will discuss it with you at this time. In some cases we schedule an additional examination and consultation time. We strongly recommend and routinely provide a fluoride treatment after a cleaning even if you live in an area with fluoridated water. Please let us know prior to your appointment if you would like to deviate from our recommended protocol.
We recommend taking a complete set of X-rays on all new patients. If you have a recent panoramic or full mouth series, please bring it to your appointment. We also recommend a full mouth X-ray series every three to four years. We realize this adds additional cost, but it is very important for proper diagnosis and treatment planning and will save money in the long run. Generally, we recommend bitewing X-rays every six months to check for decay between the teeth. Let us know before your appointment if you would prefer them annually. Please do not let your insurance dictate your care.
A sealant is a plastic material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth -- premolars and molars. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. It can be painlessly applied and costs about fifty to seventy-five percent less than a regular filling. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
The concept of a "filling" is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a material. Silver fillings are also known as amalgam. Used primarily for the back teeth, silver fillings are very strong. They are cost effective and most dental insurance companies cover silver fillings. In addition, they are reliable and safe.
The concept of a "filling" is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a material. We can replace old, broken-down amalgam/metal fillings with white fillings (composites) to restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel.