Exams, X-Rays & Cleanings

Routine examinations and x-rays are necessary to identify potential dental and medical problems such as gum disease, bone loss, infection, and many other important health issues. During your exam, your teeth will be visually examined for signs of plaque, tartar and tooth decay. Your gums will also be examined for puffiness, redness or discoloration, all of which are signs of gum disease or infection. 



A full set of dental X-rays may also be taken during your dental exam. These images enable your dentist to see below the surfaces of your teeth and get a complete picture of your mouth.

 

Dental X-rays have come a long way in recent years. Our offices are fully equipped with modern technology including intraoral cameras and digital X-rays which are safer, quicker, more comfortable and more informative than the traditional film X-rays of the past. Digital X-rays and photographs from intraoral cameras are renowned for their ability to produce high-quality images of your teeth, but also for their convenience because those images can be viewed instantly by you and your dentist prior to treatment. 

Dental exams typically end with a dental cleaning to remove surface stains and buildup. No matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar can still build up along your teeth. A professional teeth cleaning is the most effective way to not only remove these deposits, but to prevent them from causing more serious health problems in the future. Traditional teeth cleanings involve manually scraping away these plaque and tartar deposits with special tools, however there are also more advanced options for teeth cleanings such as ultrasonic or ‘laser’ teeth cleanings.

Ultrasonic cleanings are a very popular modern alternative to traditional cleanings. Instead of using a metallic probe to scrape away deposits, an ultrasonic scaler uses high-frequency sound waves to kill microbes and remove harmful bacteria from around the teeth and gums. Most patients find ultrasonic cleanings to be more comfortable than a traditional cleaning because they are quicker, quieter and pain free. 

Give us a call today to schedule your cleaning!  

 


St. George

(435) 525-2510

North Ogden

(385) 288-0200

Orem

(385) 999-8336