Cleanings and X-rays
Regularly scheduled cleanings are an important part of your dental health routine. At the time of your appointment, the dental hygienists will scale and polish your teeth. This is done to remove any plaque or tartar buildup you may have that cannot be removed by regular brushing and flossing. Periodically, you will also have digital dental x-rays taken to check for decay. Digital x-rays allow us to get more information from each film than traditional x-rays because computers allow us to magnify and contrast the images in order to reveal anything that may be suspicious. Routine exams are an essential part of your overall health care because detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
A sealant is a plastic material that is applied to the deep grooves of the back teeth, usually the molars and premolars. These grooves can be very difficult to clean since they are narrow and deep where the bristles of a toothbrush cannot reach them. These areas are snug places for plaque and food particles can get caught and can become areas especially prone to decay. The sealant is a plastic resin that bonds into the grooves and acts as a barrier to protect the enamel from plaque and acids that can cause tooth decay.