Scheduling your recall examination is a joint effort between the dental staff and the patient. Recall examinations work to prevent and reduce the occurrence of all forms of tooth and gum disease. If problems are apparent we will catch them in an early stage, which ultimately will help keep treatment, cost and patient time to a minimal.
Your recall frequency will be determined by your dentist and hygienist based on a number of risk factors (ie. Age, medical history, dental history, etc.)
The following treatment MAY be performed at your recall examination:
- Radiographs (X-rays)- Based on your relative risk for dental disease the dentist and hygienist will determine how frequently we will perform dental x-rays to aid them in the detection of disease.
- Cleaning- All patients will receive a thorough hand scaling performed by the dental hygienist to remove any plaque, tartar, and stain build-up from the teeth.
- Polish- Scaling may not be enough to remove the stain from everyday life from the teeth. Therefore, your hygienist may finish the cleaning by performing a polish of your teeth.
- Fluoride- In Kamloops we do not have fluoride in the city water. Therefore, our only external source of fluoride is through your toothpaste and the application at the dentist. Your dentist and hygienist will determine whether you will benefit from our in office fluoride treatment based on a number of risk factors (link to Kois fluoride paper)
- Check-up- Your dentist will come in to perform a thorough exam, similar to your new patient exam. This exam is designed to help catch dental disease at its earliest stages and to answer any questions or concerns you may have with regards to your oral health.
Periodontal disease is a chronic disease that if left untreated can lead to loosening of teeth and eventual loss of teeth
At your new patient and recall examination your dentist and hygienist will be evaluating your gums and supporting bone for the presence of periodontal disease. Based on the clinical and X-ray examination the dentist and hygienist will determine if you have periodontal disease and what the severity of the disease is. The severity of periodontal disease will determine your treatment.
- Mild Disease- Routine cleanings with your hygienist to perform scaling and root planing every 4-6 months. Yearly re-evaluation to determine if disease is changing.
- Moderate Disease- Routine cleanings with your hygienist to perform scaling and root planing every 3-4 months. Yearly re-evaluation to determine if you have perio disease and the level/stage of severity.
- Severe Disease- Routine cleanings with your hygienist to perform scaling and root planing every 3 months. Yearly re-evaluation to determine disease is changing.
Your dentist will continue to perform routine recall examinations every 6 months with the possibility of new x-rays. At these recall examinations the dentist and hygienist will determine if the current treatment plan is adequate to control the periodontal disease. There are times when you will need to be referred to a specialist to receive the best care to control periodontal disease. These specialists are called Periodontists.