A way to lower the risk of injuries to the teeth, lips, and tongue.
Minimize clenching or grinding teeth while sleeping.
A physical examination to look for signs of cancer.
Oral Cancer Screening
Designed to maintain your teeth straight after clear aligners.
For patients diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
From trauma to an unbalanced bite, TMJD can be the result of several factors.
TMJ Disorder Treatment
Removal of plaque and tartar from your teeth to improve gum health.
Teeth Cleaning (Deep)
Maintain the cleanliness of your teeth to prevent cavities and gum diseases.
Teeth Cleaning (Regular)
Flexible monthly payments and low interest rates. Contact us to learn about personalized financing.
2. FSA or HSA
Take advantage of your pre-tax dollars and combine it with insurance or financing for more savings.
Insurance may cover up to $2,500 for orthodontics. Combine it with your FSA or HSA for extra savings.
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What is a dental exam?
During your Ventura dental exam, we use a visual tooth and gum examination, photographs, and x-rays to look for any signs that indicate your gums or teeth aren’t healthy. Your dental exam will also include an oral cancer screening.
Types of dental cleanings
There are two types of dental cleanings: a basic dental cleaning and a deep dental cleaning. If you are new to our practice, you will receive gum examination at your first visit to determine your overall gum health and help us tailor your cleaning to your specific gum health needs.
Basic dental cleanings (prophylaxis)
Most patients need a basic dental cleaning every six months. However, if you have risk factors for certain gum conditions, like diabetes or tobacco use, you may need more frequent cleanings. Your basic dental cleaning starts with an inspection of your teeth and gums. Then, we use a dental scaler to remove tartar that is above the gums from your teeth. After we remove all the tartar, we use tooth polishers to polish your teeth’s enamel and give you a brighter, cleaner smile.
Deep dental cleanings (scaling and root planing, gum maintenance)
Deep dental cleanings are recommended for patients with gum disease or patients who haven’t been seen for their Ventura dental exam in more than a few years. A deep dental cleaning uses a device that vibrates plaque and tartar away with water and antibacterial mouthwash; we then use a curette (a dental scaler with a finer blade) to get rid of any additional build up.
The difference between basic and deep dental cleanings
Basic dental cleanings focus on removing plaque on the teeth and above the gum line, while deep dental cleanings remove tartar and bacteria from below the gum line on the roots of your teeth. We complete a basic dental cleaning over a single appointment, while a deep dental cleaning is completed over two to four appointments. To make your deep dental cleanings comfortable, we often use topical or local anesthetic.
How do dental exams improve your oral health?
It’s easier, less expensive, and less time-consuming to treat dental problems while they’re still minor issues. You also decrease the chances of a dental condition causing severe or long-term damage to your oral and overall health.
For example, a dental cleaning can remove plaque and bacteria before they cause a cavity. A small cavity is less complicated to treat than a large cavity that’s potentially spread to your tooth’s sensitive pulp.Unchecked tooth decay can permanently alter your tooth’s structure and functionality; it can even cause an infection that can affect your other teeth.
Dental cleanings are also essential for gum health, which is closely related to your overall health. Bacteria that cause gum disease can create inflammation throughout your body that can contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and dementia.
What are the benefits of a dental exam and dental cleaning?
Ventura dental exams and dental cleanings have multiple benefits:
An exam can detect other health issues
During your dental exam in Ventura, we’ll examine your mouth for dental conditions as well as other health concerns, like early symptoms of oral cancer or jaw abnormalities.
We can help you improve your oral hygiene
If you’re consistently brushing and flossing but still experience a lot of tooth decay, we can assist you with revamping your techniques so that you’re removing more plaque from your teeth.
A dental exam and cleaning keep your smile looking its best
A dental cleaning removes plaque and tartar from your teeth, which can contribute to unsightly tooth discoloration and decay that can lead to tooth loss.
Dental exams in Ventura are a preventative dental treatment that aim to detect dental problems while they’re still in their early stages so they can be treated promptly and conservatively before you have any pain.
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"We are elevating the experience of oral health care by providing dental treatment you need from a team you can trust in an understanding and caring environment."
Dr. Steph, DDS, FAGD
Family, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentist