The Dental Exam
A dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist will include: An examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs). This is essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions. An oral cancer screening, checking the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer. Also a gum disease evaluation, checking the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease. An examination of tooth decay, checking all tooth surfaces for decay and existing restorations (to check for current fillings, crowns, etc).
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are performed by a Registered Dental hygienist. Your hygienist will include. Removal of calculus (tartar), calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line. Removal of plaque, plaque is a sticky film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease! A polishing of the teeth to remove stains that are not otherwise removed during tooth brushing. A dental examination by your dentist.
Wilson D Stemm, D.M.D. & W. Stephen Stemm, DMD, M.A.G.D
1109 East Spring Street
New Albany, Indiana 47150