Long-term success of dental implants depends on how well they are maintained. Regular dental visits are essential. Dr. Frey will develop a dental visit program to ensure the health of your implants and remaining natural teeth. Periodontal disease can strike when teeth and gums are not properly cleaned. If left untreated bone loss, which weakens supporting structures, can lead to loss of teeth as well as dental implant loss.
Periodic Dental Exam
A periodic dental exam will be performed at regular check-up intervals. Dr. Frey and his hygienist will complete the following: update your medical and social history, periodic x-rays, oral cancer screening, gum disease evaluation, examination of tooth decay and evaluation of existing restorations.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Professional dental cleanings are performed by our Registered Dental Hygienist. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for sometime and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line, and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
- Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dr. Frey uses 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, cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, decay between the teeth, developmental abnormalities, poor tooth and root positions or problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Dental X-Rays are Safe!
We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of x-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources.
Digital dental x-rays produce a very low level of radiation and are considered safe. Dr. Frey takes necessary precautions to limit the patientís exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern state-of-the-art, digital sensors cuts down the exposure time of each x-ray to a fraction of a conventional dental film.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patientís individual dental health needs. Dr. Frey and his dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.
A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.