Cleaning and Prevention

CLEANING & PREVENTION 

Dental Exam
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit. Regular check up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following: 
  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays essential for detection of decay, cysts and bone loss
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Gum disease evaluation check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease
  • Examination for tooth decay all tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments
  • Examination of existing restorations, check current fillings, crowns, implants, partials and dentures
Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional dental teeth cleaning, preformed by our hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include ​ a dental exam, and the following:
  • Removal of plaque: plaque is a sticky film that forms on the teeth. Plaque is formed by living bacteria, food debris. The bacteria produces toxins that inflame the gums, and cause cavities. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease.
  • Removal of tartar: tartar, or calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now attached to the tooth surface. Tartar forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments. 
  • Teeth polishing: remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
Dental Sealant
A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars and premolars, usually the back teeth. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. The Sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. 
Dental Digital X-Rays
Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Our Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected. Dental X-rays may reveal: Abscesses or cysts, bone loss, decay between teeth, developmental abnormalities, poor tooth and root positions, problems inside a tooth or below the gum line, cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Home Care 
Your personal home care plays an important part in helping us achieve our goal. Proper diet and personal hygiene help control the plaque and bacteria that can cause dental disease. Tooth brushing, at least twice a day, especially at night. Flossing daily is the best way to clean between the teeth. Flossing removes plaque build up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone. Rinsing is important to do after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush. 
Periodontal ( Gum) Disease
Periodontal ( Gum) Disease​, including gingivitis and periodontitis, is a serious infection that, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. The word “periodontal” literally means around the tooth. Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. It can be treated by a dentist or hygienist and in the early stages the effects can be reversed. If you think you might be experiencing periodontal disease, please make an appointment today at Ueber & Friedrich Dentistry by calling (260)440-7547
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