On each visit Dr. Herman performs and oral examination, which is a visual inspection of the mouth, head, and neck, performed to detect abnormalities. Radiographs allow for a more complete examination, helping the doctor to detect cavities, problems in existing dental restorations, gum and bone recession or other abnormal conditions within the mouth, head and neck area.
X-rays are taken periodically as recommended by the American Dental Association. Digital x-rays emit much less radiation than film x-rays. The quality of the digital x-ray image is excellent affording the Dentist improved diagnostic capabilities and the ability to easily show patients the image on a computer. Digital x-rays are developed instantly saving time to better serve the patient. It’s also a very “green” technology. By eliminating film and chemical waste it is better for you and the environment!
In addition, Bethesda Dental Care uses an intraoral camera, which is a small digital camera on the end of a wand used to take photos or videos in the mouth. It combines the latest digital imaging technologies with dental care. Both the patient and dentist can visualize enlarged detailed images of the teeth and mouth. The images are great for explaining dental problems or issues that the dentist may discover. With an intraoral camera, patients are better able to understand proposed dental treatment options and make decisions that are in their best interest.
A dental cleaning, also known as an oral prophylaxis, is the removal of dental plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Specialized instruments are used to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. First, an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations and is cooled by water is used to loosen larger pieces of tartar. Next, hand tools are used to manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are polished.
Composite Restorations (Fillings)
Composites (tooth-colored fillings or bonding) are the most common materials used to fill cavities. Composite restorations are strong, aesthetically appealing and can be done in one visit
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Root Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth’s root surfaces after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface.
Effective brushing and flossing regularly is vital to achieving and maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Our hygienist will offer instruction on the proper oral hygiene techniques to prevent gum disease and decay. They may also recommend products customized to your needs that will also be beneficial.
Custom Mouth Guards
Many sports require athletes to use a Mouth Guard to protect their teeth while practicing and playing. Frequently used in contact sports, the mouth guard covers the gums and teeth to provide protection for lips, gums, teeth and arches. A properly fitted mouth guard can reduce the severity of dental injuries.
Your dentist can make a custom mouth guard by taking an impression of your teeth and then creating a device fitted to your mouth for the highest level of both comfort and protection. A custom fitted mouthguard can be particularly important for athletes who wear braces. Be sure to bring your mouthguard to your dental appointments so your doctor can be sure it still fits you well.