Exams & Cleanings

Regular dental exams and cleanings matter because they can prevent many problems from developing in the first place.

They can also help spot problems early on when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable. Visiting us regularly is also important because some diseases or medical conditions have symptoms that can appear in the mouth.

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What do they involve?

At your initial visit, Dr. Ochev performs a comprehensive dental exam. If you are a new patient, a dental cleaning will not be performed during your initial visit unless you request it when you book your appointment. Otherwise, the cleaning if necessary is performed by one of our registered dental hygienists on your return visit after Dr. Ochev reviews the findings and treatment options with you.

Dental Exam

Examination of diagnostic X-rays
Dental X-rays are essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. They also help determine tooth and root positions.
Oral cancer screening
Your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums are checked for any signs of oral cancer.
Gum disease evaluation
The gums and bone around your teeth are checked for any signs of periodontal disease.
Examination of tooth decay
Tooth surfaces are checked for decay with special dental instruments.
Examination of existing restorations
The condition or your current fillings, crowns and other restorations are checked.

Dental Cleaning

Tartar removal
Tartar is hardened plaque (calculus) that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. It forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Plaque removal
Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on your teeth. It’s a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease.
Stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling are removed.