Dental Sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth—usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars)—to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Although thorough brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, they cannot always get into all the nooks and crannies of the back teeth to remove the food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by "sealing out" plaque and food.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screening is an examination performed by a dentist or doctor to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth.
The goal of oral cancer screening is to identify mouth cancer early when there is a greater chance for a cure. Most dentists perform an examination of your mouth during a routine dental visit to screen for oral cancer. Some dentists may use additional tests to aid in identifying areas of abnormal cells in your mouth.
Medical organizations disagree on whether healthy people without risk factors for mouth cancer need oral cancer screening. No single oral exam or oral cancer screening test is proved to reduce the risk of dying of oral cancer. Still, you and your dentist may decide that an oral exam or a special test is right for you based on your risk factors.
Caries Risk Assessment
Caries is a continuum of disease states of increasing severity and tooth destruction, ranging from subclinical changes at the molecular level to lesions involving the dentin, either with an intact surface or obvious cavitation.
The formerly practiced paradigm of “drill and fill,” drilling out pits and fissures or surgically removing decayed and diseased tissue and placing permanent restorations, does not address the full continuum of the caries disease process, including microbial activity and the balance between enamel remineralization and demineralization.
Systematic methods of caries detection, classification, and risk assessment, as well as prevention/risk management strategies, can help to reduce a patient risk of developing an advanced disease and may even arrest the disease process.
Pediatric and Adult Oral Hygiene Assessment
Comprehensive assessment of patient's current health status, history of disease and risk characteristics in order to determine a periodontal diagnosis. Risk factors should be identified at least on an annual basis.
Extra and intraoral examination
Examination and assessment of teeth and supporting structures
Assessment of presence, degree, distribution of plaque/biofilm, calculus
Dental exam to include caries assessment, occlusal examination
Interpretation of current and comprehensive diagnostic-quality radiographs
Evaluation of potential periodontal-systemic interrelationships
Assessment of the need for dental implants
Determination and assessment of patient risk factors such as age, diabetes, smoking, cardiovascular disease, and other systemic conditions associated with and/or progression of periodontal disease.