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Mary Ann Hanlon, DDS, MS
Practice Limited to Periodontics

Dental Exams & Cleanings

Dental Exam

At your initial periodontal appointment, a comprehensive exam will be performed.  It will include the following: 

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the neck, lips, tongue, throat and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for signs of periodontal disease.  A treatment plan will be formulated and discussed, including insurance coverage.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by dental hygienists.  Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth and root surfaces.  Calculus forms above and below the gumline and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

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