Dental Check Ups

Regular dental examinations can enable our dentists to detect potential problems that you may not be aware of. Dental check ups allow us to note any changes in the teeth and gums.

​During your routine dental examination, your dentist should:

1) Examine your teeth for cavities. On occasion, we may recommend X-rays which enable us to examine the surfaces that are not visible, such as under fillings and in between teeth. X-rays also provide us with information about the bone levels that support your teeth.

2) Examine your gums for changes, inflammation and signs of gum disease. Often, gum disease does not give you any symptoms and can go unnoticed for long periods of time resulting in extensive and costly treatment.

3) Check for plaque and tartar build-up. When plaque is not removed, it becomes tartar which is impossible to remove with regular brushing and flossing. Plaque can lead to gum disease, so it’s important to have routine hygiene visits before gum disease advances.

4) Pathology Screening. This is an examination of the tongue, cheeks, palate and other associated structures for pathology.


Dental X- rays

Dental radiographs (x-rays) should be taken at every 2 years to allow us to view areas that are not visible to the eye or dental explorer (probe) during a regular dental examination.
This includes checking under old restorations such as crowns and fillings before defects are allowed to advance.
Dental X-rays also enable us to check the supporting bone and monitor changes.

Early preventative intervention leads to more predictable, successful and less invasive treatment.