Regular Examinations Aren't Just About Cleaning Teeth

By Sikka Dental
February 19, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental exams  

Routine dental examinations do more than just clean your teeth. While hygienic cleaning removes biofilm--bacteria-filled plaque and tartar--and helps prevent cavities and gum disease, other components of a 6-month check-up guard oral health and the appearance of your smile, too.

Dr. Nidhi Sikka, San Jose, CA dentist, and her associate dentist, Dr. Mona Chattha, use the latest diagnostic and treatment techniques dental examinationsto evaluate oral health, to restore enamel, bite and gum health and to cosmetically improve appearance. The routine exam provides baseline information so doctors can formulate individualized treatment plans for each of their patients.

Dental Services in an Exam

Besides hygienic cleaning, a 6-month check up includes:

  • visual inspection for tooth decay, including state of the art diagnosis by laser
  • VELscope screening for oral cancer, a deadly cancer increasing in incidence, particularly in men over 40
  • bite evaluation and check for any abnormalities in the jaw or tooth development
  • digital x-rays and CAT scans to visualize the roots and bone structure
  • periodontal probing, a simple measurement of gum pocket depth and assessment for gum disease
  • inspection of existing restorations such as crowns and fillings

When the San Jose dentist completes her examination, she devises a treatment plan and discusses results with the patient. The plan contains steps to continue preventive dental services and also recommendations for restorations such as tooth-colored fillings, crowns, gum disease therapy or whatever necessary to bring the mouth to full health.

Other Services

Additionally, the dentist discusses any goals or concerns the patient may have--tooth discoloration, chips or cracks, or replacement of old bridgework or metal fillings, as just a few examples. Particularly for young patients, Dr. Chattha and Dr. Sikka take the time to teach about oral hygiene habits, the mainstay of good dental health. As does the American Dental Association, team at Sikka Dental advises all patients to brush for 2 minutes twice daily and to floss each day, too.

The dentist often recommends in-office fluoride treatments to prevent decay and to reduce tooth sensitivity. This painted-on varnish is an easy and economical way to strengthen tooth enamel for youngsters and for older patients, too. Plastic sealants protect the deeply grooved crevices in back molars. Also, the dentist advises mouth guards for tooth grinding issues and protection during sports activities.

More than a Quick Look

Preventive dentistry through the regular, semi-annual exam forms the foundation of a healthy, attractive smile that lasts a lifetime. If you're overdue for your check-up and cleaning, call the office at Sikka Dental in San Jose, CA today. A helpful staff member will set-up a convenient appointment time. Phone (408) 259-1280.