Dental Exams and Cleanings


 We believe that a preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient and the dentist to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures. By preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions, we will be able to help your smile last a very long time.

  It's much better to fill a small cavity rather than a huge one! Minimally Invasive Dentistry (MID) is the modern approach. The tooth will be stronger and less prone to fracturing in the future. Likewise, it's better to have a large filling rather than waiting for pain, then getting a root canal treatment. And finally, it's better to get a root canal treatment, rather than having the tooth extracted. You get the idea.

 Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet.  It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.

 Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth.

Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.

Dental Exam

 A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr Lee or Dr. Chan at your initial dental visit.  Regular check-up exams will include the following:

 Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, 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 special dental instruments.

Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

Professional Dental Cleaning

 Your cleaning appointment will include a dental 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.