Our hygienist will begin by removing the tartar buildup from all teeth. Even patients with good personal oral hygiene usually develop some plaque and tartar. Tartar is generally found in those places that are more difficult to reach with toothbrushes and floss.
Tooth scaling is the manual removal of the tartar. This is performed by actually scraping the tartar from the tooth because it is very hard and difficult to remove. Once the scaling is complete, the hygienist will polish your teeth with a fluoride polishing compound for maximum cleaning and a sparkling appearance. For younger patients, a specific fluoride treatment may be applied for increased protection. Parents may opt to have the chewing surfaces of their children’s teeth sealed. Sealants are painted on the back teeth, which have numerous pits that can trap debris. This debris can result in cavities. The sealants prevent this decay.
After the hygienist is finished, Dr. Schmidt will examine the teeth thoroughly, checking the areas where the teeth meet the gums, the inside and outside of the teeth and all tooth surfaces for signs of decay. Gums are inspected for signs of gingivitis or irregularities, the tongue is examined and the entire mouth is visually inspected for any infection, irritation, irregularities or indications of current or developing issues. At this time, Dr. Schmidt will examine the way your teeth come together, as well as address any questions, issues or concerns for any irregularities or indications of developing problems. He will check your x-rays and reexamine the areas that are causing complaints.
If any treatments are recommended, we can assist you in understanding what treatment choices are available to you. At times, there are differences in cost or results with certain treatments. All dental insurances are different. Once you have all of the necessary information, including your diagnosis and options, it is your responsibility to contact your insurance company to discuss your individual coverage. We cannot predict your cost because coverage changes from company to company and plan to plan. It is best to contact your insurance company in advance so that you are prepared for any costs associated with the prescribed treatment.
- Initial Oral Examination
- Crowns & Bridges
- Dental Implants
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Root Canal Treatment
- Teeth Whitening
“I’ve been going to Dr. Schmidt and/or his team for years and years. They are all terrific – very supportive, personable and professional. Dr. Schmidt and his hygienists always tell you what they are doing, so that there are no surprises.” – Doug H.