The dental examination is a systematic process during which your dentist will investigate many facets of your oral and systemic health in order to identify pathologies or concerns and develop a uniquely customized treatment plan that is catered towards maximizing your oral health while meeting your goals.
Routine dental cleanings, also known as polishing and scaling, is an important part of maintaining a healthy mouth. Even though you may have a good brushing and flossing routine, we all need that little bit of extra attention to remove hardened deposits also known as tartar/calculus, that simply cannot be removed by routine brushing and flossing. Oh, and YES, even your dentist needs to go for these cleanings!
If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, your dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, though, there's too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In this case, the tooth needs to be extracted. A very loose tooth also will require extraction if it can't be saved, even with bone replacement surgery.
Inlays and onlays, are highly aesthetic ceramic/porcelain restorations and last much longer than composite restorations, since they are made from a ceramic material, and are almost as strong as natural teeth. They are either fabricated by a dental laboratory or as in our practice, using in-office cad/cam equipment, called cerec.
A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.