Overview of Dental Checkup and Professional Cleaning
Your dental checkup starts with a visual exam of your mouth, face, jaw and neck along with digital diagnostics, as determined by Wanlass Dental. A gingival pocket exam will be given by your Dental Hygienist along with a pofessional cleaning of your teeth. You'll also receive comprehensive digital x-rays.
The Visual Exam
During a visual exam, the dentist will use an intraoral camera with sophisticated magnification and lighting to see all surface areas inside your mouth. Your dentist looks not only for cracked and decayed teeth, but also for growths and sores on the roof and floor of your mouth, tongue, lips, gums, and the mucous membranes that line your cheeks and gums. Then your dentist will check the lymph nodes of your head, jaw and neck for pain, tenderness and flexibility.
Digital X-rays detect dental problems that cannot be found during a visual exam. Wanlass Dental uses digital X-rays that provide instant results and emit 90 percent less radiation. Your dentist will determine how often you need to have digital X-rays.
Three-dimensional imaging technology determines the precise position and shape of each tooth. Your dentist at Wanlass Dental will determine whether the use of this technology is appropriate to aid the development of a dental treatment plan or to follow the progress of your dental treatment.
Gingival Pocket Exam
Healthy teeth require healthy gums. In order to make sure your gums are healthy, a gingival pocket exam is given to determine the presence or risk of gum (periodontal) disease. During your exam, a hand-held instrument is gently placed between your gums and teeth (sulcus) to measure the depth of each pocket.
Each one of your teeth sits inside a gingival pocket of gum tissue. Food debris and plaque naturally collect inside this pocket and if not removed daily, harmful bacteria can penetrate the gumline and deepen the pocket. As the depth of a gingival pocket increases, so does the risk of tooth damage and infection that leads to gum disease.
Daily tooth brushing and flossing is important to remove food debris and plaque from the gingival pocket. In its earliest stage, gum disease may be reversible, so it's important to have this done at your checkup at least once a year. Since periodontal disease rarely has symptoms of pain, it is possible to have gum disease and not know it. This is why Wanlass Dental provides this very important part of your exam during your cleaning.