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Dental exams - The first step of preventative dentistry
As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and that same logic applies to Dr. Pool's dentist office.
All the best Colorado Springs dentist will tell you that the prevention of dental disease starts at home. But in todays world good home dental hygene is not enough.
You and your family need the help of regular dentist exams and dental cleanings to prevent dental disease and damage. Your dentist can monitor and treat potential dental problems before they become major problems.
What is preventative dental care?
The ultimate goal of preventative dental care is to promote, restore and maintain your oral health.
The entire staff at our Colorado Springs dental clinic is totally committed to preventative services such as regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings, periodontal examinations for gingivitis (gum disease) and nutritional counseling.
We also recommend regular evaluations of the chewing system for signs of abnormal wear on the teeth, supporting bone and joints. This helps identify potential long-term dental issues like TMJ, teeth grinding (bruxism) and oral cancer.
You don’t get a reputation as one of the best dentists offices in Colorado Springs without focusing on prevention, and Dr. Tara N. Pool realizes this. That’s why your regular dental exams, cleanings and x-rays are handled with the utmost care.
What to expect at your dentist exam and/or teeth cleaning
Professional dental cleanings are usually performed by our friendly dental hygienists. Regular teeth cleaning doesn't just leave your mouth feeling clean and refreshed but it also helps your dentist identify any potential problems that need attention.
While some people may feel they can skip a cleaning or two, this is not recommended, especially if you're a regular smoker. Plaque build-up is tough to remove and waiting too long between cleanings can result in more time in the dentist's chair.
Your cleaning appointment will usually include a dental exam and x-rays, if appropriate. We happily provide reminders to all of our patients when their next dental appointment is due to ensure that both the office and the patient stay on top of the preventative care we've come to be known for.
Your examination includes analysis of diagnostic x-rays, essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss, an oral cancer screening, gum disease evaluation and examination of tooth structure for decay.
Dental x-rays are important for dental health
Dental x-rays are important diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Our office uses digital technology, which requires less radiation and produces excellent image quality in less time than film. Dr. Tara N. Pool and our dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and develop an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected. Some of the potential dental issues that can be identified with dental x-rays include:
- Decay between the teeth
- Bone loss
- Abscesses or Cysts
- Developmental Abnormalities
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
- Poor tooth and root positions
- Problems inside the tooth or below the gum line
- Impacted wisdom teeth & wisdom teeth alignment
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Dental x-rays are completely safe. We are all exposed to a certain amount of radiation in our day-to-day life. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of x-rays taken with film is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from environmental sources. The latest digital x-ray technology requires even less radiation that this, thereby reducing the patient’s exposure.
Dentists take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern, fast film that cuts down the exposure time of each x-ray.