Dorchester Health Centre
The Oral Exam
A comprehensive oral exam will be performed by our team of professionals soon after we meet you. Following this initial exam we will see you at regular intervals of your choice for a re-care exam which will include:
Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs) - Essential for detection of decay, tumours, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
Oral cancer screening - Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
Gum disease evaluation - Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
Examination of tooth decay - All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with dental instruments specific to that purpose.
Examination of existing restorations - Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
Bite Evaluation - We will examine your mouth to see if undue or improper forces are being put on your chewing system. Gum recession and bone loss showing as gum recession are often results of imbalanced biting forces.
Professional Dental Hygiene
Your hygiene appointment will include an oral exam and 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.
Returning the Elegance of Nature's Design to the Mouth