Welcome to All Smiles Dental Care! We look forward to meeting you. During your first visit, we will review your medical and dental history and sleep survey. We will perform a comprehensive exam of your oral soft tissue, teeth, gums and bite. We will evaluate the function and aesthetics of your smile. A VELscope exam will be performed which is an advanced cancer screening. We will take necessary x-rays so we have all the information required to form a proper diagnosis of your condition. Then we will develop a customized treatment plan for your oral health.and discuss options for your particular situation. This visit will likely be the most important one that you have at our office.
At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following:
- Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Radiographs are essential for detection of decay, infection, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
- Oral cancer screening: Your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums will be checked for any signs of oral cancer. Once a year we recommend performing an advanced screening with VelScope.
- Gum disease evaluation: Your gums and bone around the teeth will be assessed for any signs of periodontal disease. Once per year we will perform a detailed evaluation with quantitative measurements of your gum condition. We will discuss your current home care routine and make recommendations based on your clinical condition.
- Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay..
- Examination of existing restorations: Dr. MacLeod will check the fillings, crowns, implants that you already have.
Professional Dental Hygiene Treatment (Cleaning)
Hygiene treatment (commonly referred to as dental cleaning) is usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your hygiene appointment will include 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 (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
- Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
- Fluoride treatment: Fluoride is important to help prevent tooth decay, remineralize areas that have started to break down and reduce tooth sensitivity.