Regular at-home hygiene and dental visits can help you enjoy a beautiful and problem-free smile.
Getting a six-monthly checkup with one of our trained dentists near you can help with the early detection and diagnosis of dental issues. Postponing exams and cleanings in Poway, CA could result in trouble as minor issues can worsen into major problems that cause pain and discomfort to the point where you may be forced to miss office or college.
Timely intervention and treatment can prevent the need for costly, ongoing, and extensive dental treatment. For example, we may be able to seal a cavity with a filling instead of performing a root canal to treat an infection.
In general, dental exams take around 45 minutes to complete, and teeth cleanings can be completed in about 30 minutes. However, dental exams for patients with a recent history of problems may take a longer time.
Dental exams and cleanings near you consist mainly of the following steps:
Visual Exam and Diagnostic X-Rays
Our family dentists use gloved fingers, and a small handheld mirror to check for poor dentition, crooked teeth, decay, cavities, chipped or cracked teeth. If we find a problem, we may use low-radiation x-rays to get a clearer picture of the offending tooth or surrounding bone before determining suitable treatment.
Oral Cancer Screening
Our experts at Heavenly Smiles Dentist use advanced equipment like the VELscope® along with a manual examination to examine your oral cavity for oral cancer signs. Any lumps, bumps, masses, lesions, difficulty moving the tongue, or white patches should be medically investigated through a biopsy.
Regular screening can save your life and result in a successful oral cancer cure.
Gum Disease Screening
Gum health is as essential as robust dentition. Our experienced family dentists in Poway, CA check for redness, swelling, bleeding, foul breath, or loose teeth. These signs could indicate the need for scaling and planing, antibiotic treatment, or surgery, depending on your needs.
After our professional hygienist at Heavenly Smiles Dentist cleans your teeth, you can leave with a bright, refreshed smile.