Regular Care to Protect Your Beautiful Smile
Routine dental checkups and cleanings are the most important general dentistry services that we provide. Your biannual visits can keep your smile bright and healthy for years to come, while allowing us to find and treat issues early, before they mature.
Your Dental Appointment
At your appointment, your hygienist will clean and polish your teeth, and Dr. Dooley will conduct a thorough dental examination. Using our advanced DIAGNOdent® cavity detection tool, he will search for the early signs of decay. This laser device will reveal areas of fluorescence in your teeth, and these areas can indicate decay. If necessary, we will also take digital X-ray images, which yield extremely sharp images and emanate up to 80% less radiation than traditional X-rays.
Since your teeth are not the only important part of your oral health, our team will also check your gums, looking for inflammation, which could indicate gum disease. Dr. Dooley will also conduct an oral cancer screening. If he notices any sores or red patches, he may recommend further examination, such as a biopsy, from a specialist.
The Importance of Routine Dental Care
Regular dental checkups and cleanings are vital to your healthy smile. The cleaning will remove the harmful plaque and tartar that will eventually lead to decay. Even if you have stellar at-home hygiene, you will still need professional treatment to eliminate these harmful substances. Additionally, DIAGNOdent® can prevent serious structural damage by revealing decay early on. With timely diagnosis, Dr. Dooley can typically treat decay with a simple dental filling.