You're starting with a new dentist. In fact, it's Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA. They believe your initial oral examination helps them understand you, your oral health needs and your smile goals. It's the first step in a long-term relationship with a dental team who cares about preventive dentistry and your well-being.
What your hygienist does
Of course, the team at Omni Dental greets you promptly with a smile. You'll complete some paperwork, and then, your hygienist will take you to your treatment room.
Once you are settled in the dental chair, you and your hygienist will discuss your medical history and any current dental issues. Then, she'll count and inspect your teeth and take digital X-rays (bitewing and panoramic views to reveal decay or problems with root and bone structure). Next comes your hygienic cleaning.
A dental cleaning involves a careful scaling of accumulated plaque and tartar from between the teeth and at the gum line. Your hygienist may use simple handheld scalers or ultrasonic tools. She'll also measure your gum pockets (the space between your gums and tooth surfaces) and chart those results.
Finally, your hygienist polishes your teeth with a rotary brush and mildly abrasive toothpaste to brighten tooth color and remove any residual plaque. Afterward, you'll feel that your teeth are super shiny and smooth.
What happens during the examination
Your San Diego dentist reviews your medical history and X-rays and asks if you have any immediate dental problems. He or she visually inspect your teeth, looking for:
- Tooth decay
- Symptoms of gum disease (redness, swelling, deep periodontal pockets)
- Problems with restorations (cracked or chipped fillings, loose crowns)
- How your teeth bite together
- Signs of oral cancer
Your dentist believes oral cancer screening is critical to your health and well-being. The check is painless and fast, taking just a few minutes, but it gives you and your doctor assurance that you are free of this potentially deadly malady.
Finally, your dentist will tell you about his or her findings and any needed restorations. He or she will ask you if you have any cosmetic goals and can detail how they may be achieved.
Dentists guide their patients on paths to total dental wellness, going beyond fixing immediate problems. So, your initial oral exam at Omni Dental gives your doctor valuable information on how to keep you and your smile strong and healthy for a lifetime.
Arrange it now
It's easy to do. If it's time for a dental examination and cleaning, contact Omni Dental in San Diego, CA for an appointment. We know you will be comfortable and happy with the experience. Call (619) 224-5000.