After your initial, comprehensive exam with Dr Wayman, you will usually want to schedule a hygiene visit.
If you have had regular hygiene appointments and have followed directed home care protocol you may only need a basic cleaning or a prophylaxis. Many patients then only need this done at six month intervals.
In other cases, you may need more visits and a more frequent recare schedule.
This all depends on the health of your gums, tarter and plaque buildup and your oral health in general.
Every individual is different and your hygiene schedule will be determined and discussed with you at your initial visit with Dr Wayman and subsequent visits with our hygienist.
Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world. 40,000 new cases of oral cancer are reported annually in the Untied States.
The exact cause of oral cancer has not yet been identified. Typically early stage oral cancer is painless.
The disease can be found in the tongue, around the floor of the mouth, lips, and gums. This type of cancer tends to spread rapidly if not properly treated and generally is malignant.
The following are symptoms of oral cancer and you should call us immediately to look at it you feel you have any of them.
- Any sore that persists longer than two weeks
- A swelling or lump anywhere in or about the mouth or neck
- White or red patches in the mouth or on the lips
- Repeated bleeding from the mouth or throat
- Difficulty in swallowing or persistent hoarseness
Oral cancer is dangerous and deadly. The rate of a successful treatment and rehabilitation from oral cancer depends on its early detection.
The good news is we screen you for oral cancer on every visit.
This treatment is used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing.
In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them.
These will develop cavities over time, and you don't want that. So Dr Wayman or the hygienist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
This is a focused beam of X-Ray particles through bone which produces an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed.
This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems.
X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and not to use them could lead to undiagnosed disease. We also do not take them arbitrarily.
Without an X-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.
For more information about the radiation doses click here