When You Need Dental Exam and X-Rays

Female dentist with x-ray pictureGetting regular dental exams and X-rays are important ways for you to protect your dental health. Most people should have their teeth checked about twice a year, but our dentist may recommend more or less frequent dental visits based on your individual needs. At routine checkups, we clean and check your teeth for cavities. We also perform a number of other routine checks, including:

• Reviewing your medical and dental history
• Reviewing any new medications or illnesses
• Screening your mouth for symptoms of oral cancer
• Evaluating your gums for symptoms of periodontal disease
• Checking all surfaces of your teeth to identify signs of tooth decay
• Examining all restorations for signs of wear or damage
• Removing plaque and tartar
• Polishing teeth
• Recommending changes or updates to your dental hygiene routine
• Reviewing any other dental care or treatment recommendations

If you smoke, have diabetes, are prone to cavities, or have certain other risk factors, we may recommend more frequent checkups. Most people will not need dental X-rays at every appointment, but they may be recommended about once a year. X-rays can also be necessary before certain procedures, such as root canals, extractions, and orthodontic treatment. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule your dental exam in Agoura Hills.

When You Need Dental Exam and X-Rays

Purpose of General Dentistry

Doctor with patient in clinic consulting

Many procedures and services fall into the category of general dentistry. With this care, patients have a lower risk of suffering dental problems and can receive restorative and cosmetic restoration of existing issues. Here is a closer look at each of these areas within general dentistry.

Preventive Care

Several general dental procedures help prevent oral health problems. Routine cleanings, for example, clear more plaque and tartar from the teeth than home cleaning can. Fluoride and sealants also help keep the teeth healthy.

Dental Restoration

If teeth are decayed or damaged in another way, restorative treatments can be used to repair them. Fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns are examples of these treatments. Functionality is preserved and complications are prevented in the process.

Cosmetic Improvement

Some general dental procedures also make teeth look better. Several restorations, such as fillings, are available in tooth-colored form. This can hide any aesthetic effects of dental problems and preserve a natural appearance afterwards.

Patients can benefit from general dental care in terms of their oral health and appearance. Before or after dental problems occur, our dentist can provide these and other procedures as patients need them. Patients can contact our San Francisco cosmetic dentist to learn more about these procedures and what they offer.

Purpose of General Dentistry