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Dental Exams at our Riverview Dentist Office

Dental exam Riverview dentist

Maintaining good oral hygiene means brushing and flossing twice a day and seeing Dr. Milne twice a year for a thorough cleaning and examination. In addition to having your teeth and gums professionally checked for signs of gingivitis, cavities, tooth decay or other potentially serious problems, your Riverview dentist can find and treat tooth pitting before pits develop into cavities. Using advanced digital imaging techniques and dental procedures, Dr. Milne provides patients with high quality, preventative care that not only keeps their teeth and gums healthy but also decreases the risk of needing extensive dental treatments in the future.

Common Problems Found During a Dental Exam

Gingivitis (Gum Disease)

Inflammation of the gums caused by excessive oral bacteria growth is called gingivitis, a gum disease indicated by swollen, reddened and bleeding gums. Neglecting to reverse gingivitis often leads to periodontitis, a serious oral disease requiring scaling and root planning treatment.  Fortunately, gingivitis can be prevented and reversed by having regular dental exams and cleanings at your Riverview dental office.

Cavities & Dental Caries

Cavities compromise teeth integrity by progressively eroding dental enamel. Unless filled, cavities continue to enlarge until they expose sensitive tooth nerves and cause severe pain. Depending on the location and size of the cavity, Dr. Milne may use silver amalgam or composite resin filling material to treat cavities. Since cavities in their early stages rarely produce noticeable pain, having dental exams every six months is essential to finding and filling cavities as soon as possible.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments contribute to strong teeth and reduce the risk of dental caries by preventing cavity-causing acids and bacteria from accumulating on teeth enamel. Demineralization of teeth depletes tooth enamel of valuable minerals needed for maintaining the integrity of enamel, dentin and pulp. By applying fluoride to your teeth every six months, Dr. Milne stimulates remineralization of teeth to encourage repair any demineralization damage. If your teeth do not receive enough fluoride, demineralization may lead to decay cavities and gum disease.

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays provide your Riverview dentist with high resolution images without exposing you to unnecessary radiation associated with traditional film X-ray. With immediate access to detailed pictures of your teeth and gums, Dr. Milne can make accurate diagnoses and initiate appropriate treatment measures, if necessary, to help reduce the number of visits you may need to make to our office.

Schedule an Appointment at Inspiration Dental Today

Incorporating the latest dental technologies with exceptional patient care, Dr. Milne offers preventative, remedial and cosmetic general dentistry services to people living in and around the Riverview area. To schedule a dental exam appointment, call Inspiration Dental today at 813-677-1200.