One of the greatest marvels of the last two centuries is the advancement in oral health and dental technology. After your professional teeth cleaning, an oral exam performed by your dentist to prevent future tooth damage, detect genetic and historic structural problems in your teeth and jaw, and may even save your life from threatening diseases like cancer.
When you get a Chappaqua oral dental exam from us, we will provide you with the highest quality dental care with cutting edge technology and modern dental practices. An oral health exam at Chappaqua Dentistry includes the following:
Low-Radiation X-Rays — Our X-Rays technology pack a double-punch: First, our machines use the latest in x-ray technology that will keep you safe from x-rays while providing us with an optimal picture to learn about your oral health. These x-rays help our dentists make a plan with you to address any problems we find. Second, our dentists can detect decay and deterioration, tumors or cysts, and structural problems like bone loss. Also, we can discover the position of your teeth and roots to determine the best options for any treatment you may need.
Oral Cancer Screening — The key to treating cancer is to catch it as early as possible. The earlier you catch cancer, the more likely you are to receive the optimal treatment, and cure it before it’s too late. Our dentists are specially trained to identify any signs of oral cancer by thoroughly examining your oral tissues like your lips, tongue, throat, gums, face, and neck. We hope it never happens, and by having an oral exam at your dental appointment will help catch it early and where it’s more treatable.
Tooth Decay Screening — Anciently, our ancestors primarily ate protein rich foods. Over the last few millennia (and especially over the last few centuries), we have switched to a carb and starch dominated diet. In some ways, this diet has promoted longevity around the world, but it has had the unfortunate consequence of inviting more bacteria into your mouth and intestinal tract.
One bacterium—streptococcus mutans—feeds on the starch in your mouth. As a byproduct, the bacteria excretes acidic substances that can eat away at your teeth, causing cavities and tooth decay.
Brushing and flossing your teeth every day will deflect most problems with this bacteria, but it can be very easy to miss in your mouth where the bacteria might grow. Our dentists and hygienists can 1) identify the areas of your mouth that are at risk of cavities and other tooth decay problems, and 2) remove the tartar in those areas and give you advice on how to keep your teeth healthy and cavity free in the future.
Evaluation of Gum Disease — Another form of bacteria, called porphyromonas mutans, is particularly harmful to the mouth. It is rare (though not unheard-of) in a healthy mouth, but with the wrong type of bacterial exposure, it can cause gingivitis, periodontitis, peri-implantitis, and more. These conditions build up over time, progressively becoming red, bloody, sore, painful, and expensive to repair. In severe cases, the gum line recedes, revealing the roots of the teeth beneath, and the bone around the teeth will start to be eaten away.
Instead of addressing a problem when severe damage has already occurred, our team is trained and certified to examine your gums, teeth and jaw for signs of periodontal disease. We can catch these problems before they become severe, but if you do have gum disease we will ensure that you are comfortable while we provide gum disease treatment.
Examination of Existing Restorations — Sometimes it is necessary to restore or replace some of your teeth. Examples of these are fillings, crowns, bridges, and complete tooth replacements. When you have had a restoration or replacement like these, we will regularly examine your teeth to evaluate their condition, treat any problems, and prevent future complications to ensure these restorations last longer.
Occlusion Analysis — In dentistry, occlusion is the study of how your teeth impact, nestle with, and interact with each other when you bite, speak or rest. An improper bite can cause severe problems including:
With special tools and advanced training, your dentist will evaluate your bite and resting posture to check for any problems, and we provide advice on how to correct anything negative we find.
Smile Analysis — We’ll analyze the whiteness, straightness, evenness, and overall structure and tooth health to help determine the correct path for you to get that celebrity smile you’ve dreamed about.
Do not underestimate the power of a beautiful smile. Since the smile is often the first thing people really notice about you, the smile can be powerful. Patients who have devoted a little time to the appearance of their teeth will have greater confidence in social settings, at work, dating, and family. Greater confidence is also associated with greater self-esteem and self-image. Finally, a healthy looking smile makes you want to care for your whole self.
A complete oral exam will help ensure you a healthy, happy life. Schedule an appointment with us today to take advantage of our expertise, dental technology, at our Westchester dental office.