Comprehensive Cleanings & Exams in Elgin, IL
Routine dental treatments like exams and cleanings are the foundation for excellent oral health. If you want to give yourself the gift of a healthy, beautiful smile, these basic services are essential.
Dr. Sung and our team love what we do because we understand how beneficial dentistry is, not just to your oral health, but also to your overall well-being. Problems that happen in your mouth, like chronic gum disease, have a definite impact on the rest of your body. Recent studies suggest that diseases of the mouth are linked to very serious health problems like premature birth in pregnant women, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Regular exams and cleanings allow us to stay a step ahead of decay and disease, which in turn reduces the need for more costly treatments in the future. When you consider that just two exams and cleanings each year can help us prevent a whole array of problems, you can see how it makes sense to stay current with these visits.
What to Expect During a Dental Exam
We conduct thorough dental exams that help us get an overall picture of your oral health. If you haven’t had x-rays in a while, Dr. Sung may suggest that we take some pictures of your mouth to keep your records current. Our intraoral camera gives us a very clear view of the surfaces of your teeth, and we can even share the images with you on a monitor so you can see what we see.
We normally take a set of bitewing x-rays (for upper and lower back teeth) once a year and full x-rays every 5 to 10 years or as needed to diagnose certain problems. We use safe digital x-rays, which produce highly-detailed images and expose you to about 90% less radiation than typical film x-rays.
Dr. Sung will perform a visual check as well, noting the current condition of your teeth and any changes since your last visit. A very important part of every exam is an oral cancer screening. Dr. Sung will palpate (touch) your head and neck and also check your teeth, lips, and gums for any signs of abnormalities.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Dental cleanings go hand-in-hand with exams as part of your preventive care. Our hygienists are highly qualified to perform thorough, gentle cleanings that eliminate the plaque and tartar that lingers on your teeth.
It’s important for you to know that brushing alone isn’t enough, because you simply cannot remove tartar with a toothbrush. This is a hard calcified deposit that can only be removed by our hygienist using special tools.
Regular cleanings give us the opportunity to check for any signs of gum disease and develop a treatment plan to get your oral health back on track. Gum disease doesn’t always show any symptoms, so you may have a serious infection and not even know it until you visit us for a cleaning.
We Build Trusting Patient Relationships
At the office of Won Sung, DDS, we’re passionate about patient education. The more you know about the benefits of good oral health, the more motivated you’ll be to keep up with these important preventive services. We take the time to get to know you personally because learning more about you helps build trust and also helps us make decisions about your care so that we can personalize it to fit all your needs.
If it’s time for your next dental cleaning and exam, please give our Elgin dental office a call. We’ll work with you to set up a schedule for your visits so we can help you achieve the best oral health possible.