There are numerous physical health benefits associated with maintaining a clean and healthy smile. Routine dental cleanings help to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and allow Dr. Doray to identify problems in their earliest stages.
A professional dental cleaning is an important part of routine preventive care. In our Philadelphia dental office, a dental cleaning goes way beyond the standard you may be used to and plays a huge role in the longevity of your smile. Our hygienists carefully remove plaque from those hard to reach spots and ensure the teeth are clean and healthy along the gum line. Following ADA guidelines, Dr. Doray recommends that patients visit her Philadelphia dentist office for a routine preventive care every six months. Hygiene visits at Dr. Doray’s office also include a comprehensive dental exam and consultation with the dentist.
Our hygiene visits include:
- Professional dental cleaning
- Dental x-rays
- Periodontal screening and charting
- Dental caries (cavities) screening
- Occlusal analysis to examine the position of the bite
- Oral cancer screening
Preventing Tooth Decay
It is our goal to help you maintain or improve your oral health. To this end, Dr. Doray uses the latest breakthrough in decay detection. Diagnodent laser technology is designed to detect decay at its earliest stage before it destroys more tooth structure.
Cavities often hide along fissure lines or inside biting surfaces. Microscopic defects in the hard surface of the tooth can allow decay to spread rapidly into the softer tooth structure beneath the surface. Diagnosing with Diagnodent helps us treat disease before it spreads, making treatment easier and more comfortable for you. If a cavity is detected, we offer tooth colored dental composites to restore beauty and strength to the tooth. It is important to treat your tooth cavity as soon as possible. If it is ignored, it will spread and may require a much more intense treatment such as root canal therapy.
Preventing Gum Disease
Periodontal disease, like many diseases, may not be obvious without testing. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar levels must be measured in order to be evaluated. On every visit, we screen for signs of periodontal disease, but every few years, we perform a Comprehensive Perio Charting (CPC). During this in-depth exam, we take measurements to assess the depth and health of your gum pockets and each tooth.
Normal gum pocket depth is 1-3 millimeters. Deeper pocketing especially with bleeding is a sign of disease and may indicate additional treatment is needed.
In addition to pocket depths, we look for tooth mobility and gum recession. The data we collect is put into our electronic patient record system and compared to prior examination results to determine if your periodontal health is improving, maintaining or getting worse.
This information, in conjunction with a review of your most recent x-rays, gives Dr. Doray a more accurate assessment of your bone levels. Often with periodontal disease small changes happen over time. If identified early, periodontal disease is more easily managed and the prognosis for your teeth is much better. Dr. Doray offers several treatments for gum disease which will be determined based on how far the disease has progressed.