Maintaining a healthy and clean mouth is a vital part of overall well-being. Keeping your teeth bright and vibrant needs a dedicated routine of both home and professional dental care. But when it comes to visiting a dental office, some people display extreme fear and anxiety. This is despite the fact that regular dental cleanings and consultations can decrease your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
At Red Rock Dental, you can expect an examination of your gums, teeth, and the soft tissues of your mouth, as well as a comprehensive cleaning. Dr. Alan McCaffrey will closely monitor your oral health and provide preventive care for any possible issues.
Here are some standard services performed during your dental cleaning and consultation:
Dental X-rays are an essential diagnostic tool that helps us detect cavities and assess the jawbone structure and joints. Extraoral X-rays focus on the entire outside of the head and jaw joint. Intraoral X-rays capture images of the internal systems, like teeth and gums.
Dr. Alan McCaffrey will perform a thorough oral examination of your teeth, gums, and surrounding structures. The teeth will be checked for signs of decay or wear and tooth sensitivity. The gum pockets will be evaluated for signs of gum recession or disease. The bite will be assessed to make sure it is properly aligned. Finally, your jaw will be measured to make sure it is functioning correctly.
- Professional Teeth Cleaning
Dr. Alan McCaffrey will use a scaler to scrape the plaque and tartar off your teeth during a professional tooth cleaning. This is essential because plaque and tartar contain millions of bacteria, leading to tooth cavities and gum disease. While plaque can be removed by brushing, tartar can only be removed with a dental scaler. But no matter how well you brush, there will always be parts that will be left out. Routine dental cleanings could focus on these spots and keep your teeth healthy and clean.
Oral cancer is on the rise, and hence we have incorporated oral cancer screenings into our regular dental exams. It consists of evaluating your gums and surrounding soft tissues to check for any abnormal changes in color or texture that could signify oral cancer.
The dental consultation is where Dr. Alan McCaffrey will discuss your oral and overall health. He will review your dental X-rays and discuss the findings from the dental exam. If needed, we will recommend treatments and address your concerns. Your general medical history and current list of medications will also be discussed because these play a significant role in your dental health.
A good understanding of your overall health can help you and your dentist improve your oral care habits.
Dr. Alan McCaffrey can help provide solutions that will improve your oral health while transforming your smile. Call us today at (702) 243-8788 to schedule your dental cleaning & consultation.