The foundation for excellent oral health is preventive dental exams and professional cleanings. Most people know this (even if they don’t always follow through) but are often unaware of exactly what is involved in preventive dental exams and cleanings. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide of what you can expect at our next routine appointment with the Troy, OH family dentist.

Dental Exam

When you become a patient at Excellence in Dentistry, we will perform a dental exam that will include the following:

  • Visual exam: We check all tooth surfaces for decay and check the condition of existing fillings and dental restorations.
  • Review of diagnostic x-rays: This step is essential for detecting decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays will also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: Your dentist should check your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: It is essential to check the gums and bone surrounding the teeth for signs of periodontal disease.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) should be performed by an experienced dental hygienist that involves:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): When plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth it hardens and forms a deposit known as calculus. Brushing will not remove calculus since it is calcified and adheres to the teeth above and below the gum line; calculus can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  Plaque is actually a collection of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  These bacteria produce toxins that will inflame the gums and ultimately lead to periodontal disease. 
  • Teeth polishing: Polishing is the final step in the process of your professional cleaning and removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

Call Us to Schedule Your Next Exam

Now that you know what’s involved with preventive checkups, you can see how invaluable they are for helping you maintain the healthiest smile possible. If it’s time for your next checkup, please call the Troy, OH family dentist to arrange an exam and hygiene appointment.

Do you put off dental appointments because your anxiety gets the better of you? Millions of people feel the same, but there is a better way; sedation dentistry at our Troy, OH dental office provides an excellent way to deliver a safe, anxiety-free dental experience so you can get the care you need.

Most sedatives used in sedation dentistry can be taken by mouth, meaning no injections, no anxiety, and no pain. Some sedatives work so effectively that even the smells and details of the procedure cannot be recalled afterward. Your comfort and well-being are of great importance to Dr. Bentley and our team, and safety and compliance are two important aspects of treatment.

What types of sedation are available?

The most popular types of dental sedatives are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Different levels of sedation (mild, moderate and deep) can be utilized depending on individual needs. Our sedation dentist will help you decide which is best for you based on your needs.

Here is an overview of some of the most common types of dental sedatives:

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) is used as a mild sedative and delivered through a nose hood. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood, evokes a general sense of well-being, relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure

Oral Conscious Sedation

State-of-the-art oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for people who fear needles. Oral medication is provided prior to treatment to induce a state of moderate sedation. This means that most patients have little memory of the sights and sounds associated with the procedure. We will prescribe a dose of the medication to be taken before your appointed appointment and topped off as necessary during the procedure.

Please Call Us to Learn More

Your complete comfort is our highest priority, and we can use either of these methods, or a combination if that better suits your needs. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of being sedated during treatment, please contact the Troy, OH sedation dentist, and we will be happy to discuss your options.

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Has your smile lost the shine it once had? Have you tried those over the counter tooth whitening products and seen disappointing results, if any at all? If you are tired of stained or yellow teeth, our Troy cosmetic dentist office is where this can all change.

There are many over the counter tooth whitening systems on the market today, but none are as effective or provide the same level of whitening as the professional products.  Tooth whitening is the simplest and least expensive way to enhance your smile and restore a youthful appearance.

Teeth can naturally be less than white or may be stained and discolored due to:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Illness
  • Certain medications (such as antibiotics). 

Most common reasons for discoloration are due to:

  • Tobacco use
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soft drinks
  • Wine

Zoom! Power Whitening System

Tooth whitening is one of the safest dental procedures available. The Zoom! system is a state-of-the-art, in office procedure. It is a safe, easy, and effective bleaching process that lightens the discoloration of your enamel and dentin. Our cosmetic dentist Dr. Mark Bentley offers this system as well as other professional home whitening products. This procedure is done while you sit back in our comfortable chairs, and relax while you listen to your favorite music.

Contact your Troy cosmetic dentist for a complimentary consultation to evaluate your whitening goals and needs. We take the time to ensure that you will leave with the beautiful vibrant smile you are looking for.

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