Dental Exam and Prophylaxis

Dental Exam and Prophylaxis

The dental examination focuses on reviewing the patient's past and present medical records and understanding the patients unique oral health goals. The oral exam's highlight consists of three key processes: evaluation of dental radiographs, oral cancer screening, and complete dental exam. These together help in detecting dental problems and devising an appropriate treatment plan.

Professional dental cleaning is a must for a healthy mouth. It is a procedure performed by a registered dental hygienist. Here's what to expect during your hygiene visit:

Radiographic Examination

Radiograph examination is used to identify dental problems that are not easily identified during a clinical oral exam. It helps in determining the following issues:

  • Tooth decay present in between teeth
  • Bone loss
  • Infection present in the pulp
  • Malocclusion or misalignment of the bite
  • Impacted teeth
  • Evaluate the state of developing teeth
  • Tumors and abnormal growths in the mouth, neck, or head that may indicate the presence of oral cancer

Panoramic X-ray

A panoramic X-ray examination helps in developing a wraparound digital image of the facial structure. It provides a comprehensive and thorough view through a single image. Panoramic X-rays are used to:

  • Identify sinusitis.
  • Detect oral cancer.
  • Evaluate the progression of jaw disorders like TMD.
  • Detect abnormal growths like tumors and lesions.
  • Detect the presence of impacted canines and wisdom teeth.
  • Determine the correct development of permanent teeth and the appearance of extra or missing teeth.

Oral Exam and Cancer Screening

The mouth is carefully examined to identify signs of periodontal disease and/or other dental issues. In the case of significant concerns, the dentist will be notified for further examination.

Removal of Plaque & Calculus

Plaque and calculus can accumulate on the surfaces of teeth between recall hygiene visits. An ultrasonic scaler and hand instruments are used to  remove plaque and hard calculus deposits from above and below the gum line.

Gritty Toothpaste, No More!

This office uses the Prophy-Jet which is a type of air polishing system. A combination of air, water, and sodium bicarbonate is used to remove any remaining plaque and stains from the teeth. This form of polishing is less abrasive, which is less damaging to the tooth structure, and more effective at removing surface stains. 

Fluoride Varnish Treatment

The last step involved in a professional dental cleaning is the fluoride treatment. A layer of fluoride is painted over the surface of teeth to strengthen the enamel and protect it from cavities.

Historic Hyde Park Dentistry has been transforming smiles for Decades. Dr. Lori, along with her team, uses state-of-the-art technology to dental problems and reconstruct malaligned teeth to provide aesthetic and healthy smiles. For inquiries & appointments, please reach out to us at  (813) 253-3041. You can also visit our office at 612 West De Leon Street, in Tampa, FL 33606.


612 West De Leon Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Phone: (813) 253-3041

Office Hours

  • MONDAY: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • TUESDAY: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • WEDNESDAY: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • THURSDAY: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • FRIDAY: Closed
  • SATURDAY: Closed
  • SUNDAY: Closed
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    Phone: (813) 253-3041