Twice a year, we advise you to see one of the dentists at At Modern Age Dentistry for a full dental checkup, to catch tooth decay and gum disease early, while the remedies are still relatively minor. During your examination, we will conduct a routine physical examination of your teeth and gums, include a cancer screening. The dentist will advise you about preventative measures such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants and design a treatment plan for you.
Our dental office is equipped with the latest in dental equipment to make examinations thorough and efficient. That translates to less time in the chair for more results.
One of the newer innovations in dental equipment is the tiny intra-oral camera we use to take digital images inside your mouth. This helps the doctor make a faster diagnosis. We can even display the images on a chair-side monitor (similar to a computer screen) so you can see what the camera sees. You’ll find yourself with a greater understanding of any problems revealed, and therefore more comfortable with the treatment plan.
Since the images are digital, they can be enlarged so we can better see details, and they can be printed out for you, your insurance company, or another dental specialist. Ask Dr. Saeghi if you would like copies of any of the images. In any case, we will keep the digital images as part of your permanent dental records.
The first part of your dental exam is usually done by one of our dental hygienists, who will clean and polish your teeth, check for signs of gum disease. If you are due for any x-rays, she will take care of those as well.
One of the most important reasons to visit your dentist twice a year is to have your teeth professionally cleaned. Home tools, though getting better and better every year, cannot match what professional tools can do.
The purpose of cleaning teeth is to remove sticky plaque and hard tartar from your teeth. Adding the power of vibration to the cleaning process makes the teeth cleaning process faster and more thorough, by breaking down the bacteria’s cell walls, which cause plaque to be sticky, thus making it easier to rinse away the plaque. After the ultra-sonic treatment, the hygienist will use hand instruments to find and remove deposits of plaque and tartar that were missed.
With a fast-spinning rubber cup tip plus a polishing paste, the hygienist cleans off stains and polishes your tooth enamel until it shines. Your shiny teeth in the mirror are one of your rewards for going to the dentist!
These are much more thorough methods for cleaning tooth surfaces, particularly below the gum line. Also called deep cleaning, these methods are usually only called for when gum disease is present.
One of the dental hygienist’s jobs is to instruct each patient on the proper care of their teeth and gums. Everyone is different; some require special devices to clean between wide-spaced teeth or to clean their dentures. Teeth that are very closely spaced may need fine, but strong, floss. Some patients should pay special attention to certain areas, like hard-to-reach tooth surfaces or sore spots on the gums. Our dental hygienists are particularly friendly and approachable. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions at all!
Another somewhat new device is the Periodontal Probe and Recording Device, for detecting signs of gum disease.
Healthy gums cling tightly to the base of the teeth and do not bleed, no matter how fiercely you wield the dental floss. When gums begin to be infected, they pull away slightly from the teeth. If this infection is not stopped, pockets” form between the teeth and the gums. As the gums recede, they expose those portions of the teeth that are not meant to be out in the open – the roots.
A Periodontal Probe is inserted between each tooth and the gum tissue next to it – inside and outside. An automatic measurement is taken, revealing the depth of the pocket. The deeper the pocket, the greater the chance there is gum disease.
If you have any questions about the subjects on this page, don’t hesitate to call us. Consultations are always free.
Our offices are conveniently located in West Hills, Ojai and Los Angeles. So come in – you are welcome!