As dental professionals, we are responsible for helping our patients remain healthy from the neck up.
Screenings and cleanings help to diagnose disease and other problems before they become serious and costly. We provide our patients with the following complementary screenings at each of their visits.
We will discuss your medical and dental history in detail, to determine your risk factors in order to help provide more individualized preventative options.
Dental x-rays are often the only way to diagnose disease and conditions which are not evident in a visual exam. They emit an extremely limited and safe amount of radiation.
Identification of cysts, cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, tooth decay (cavities), and Periodontal disease is often only possible with diagnostic x-rays. In addition to saving you money on treatment by early diagnosis, x-rays identifying cancerous lesions can save your life.
At Downtown Dental, we only utilize the latest digital radiography and cone beam CT technology to capture diagnostic information. Our digital X-ray technology lessens the radiation exposure of previous Xrays by up to 90%! Plus, with the latest in 3D imaging, our clinicians can see more, with even less radiation than ever before. This allows us to provide you with the essential information you need to make the best decisions about your healthcare. Check out our blog to find out more about digital radiography and 3D imaging through Cone Beam CT scans!
Oral Cancer Screening
In the United States alone,one person dies every hour from oral cancer. Each time we see you, we will do a thorough head and neck cancer screening, checking all the areas that you cannot see yourself for any signs of oral cancer.
Oxygen is the most important thing your body needs to survive and function at its best! We will check to ensure that nothing in your mouth, head, or neck is impinging on your body’s ability to get the oxygen it needs.
Your teeth, muscles, and jaw joint make up your occlusal system. We will check each part of this system to make sure that you are not experiencing any negative effects of an unbalanced bite.
We will check your teeth to ensure there are no signs of decay or broken down restorations.
We will check your gum and bone health, ensuring there are no signs of infection or instability.
After our screenings are complete, we will do a thorough cleaning of your teeth. In a cleaning session, all of the plaque (sticky build-up) and calculus (hardened build-up) is removed from the surfaces of your teeth and gums. These two types of build-up harbor the bacteria which cause oral infections, cavities, and increase your risk for many ailments including heart disease and diabetes. Infection in the mouth provides a pathway for harmful bacteria to enter the bloodstream contributing to chronic inflammation and further strain on the immune system.