Initial Oral Examination
Your initial oral examination includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Robert J. DiBauda, DDS and staff may also take x-rays, which includes the panoramic X-ray for proper diagnosis of the anterior (front) and posterior (back) teeth as well as the bite-wing X-ray series for proper diagnosis of proximal decay of posterior teeth.
You'll love the way your smile feels after a thorough cleaning from Dr. DiBauda, DDS. Dr.DiBauda personally cleans your teeth. He feels this is the best way to evaluate dental health or disease is at this critical step. You won’t find many dentists that give this level of service. He uses the latest in ultrasonic technology so your teeth feel squeaky clean for days after. We will show you how to maintain your smile with brushing and flossing at home.
Dental sealants (also known as "tooth sealants") can play an important role in helping to prevent tooth decay—cavities—in some locations on teeth. The placement of dental sealants involves Dr DiBauda bonding a plastic coating into the grooves of your tooth (the tooth's pits and fissures). The net result is a smoother tooth surface that is less likely to trap food and plaque and one which is easier to clean with your toothbrush. Schedule an appointment with Dr. DiBauda today to find out if dental sealants are right for you.
Sports (athletic) mouthguards are plastic dental appliances that, when worn, can provide a degree of protection for both the mouth's soft tissues (lips, cheeks, gums, tongue) and hard tissues (teeth and jaw bones). While all guards are made of plastic, their specific design, composition and method of fabrication vary. Custom mouthguards from Dr. DiBauda are sports mouth protectors that are individually made for an athlete. A well-designed custom mouthguard is typically considered to be able to provide the greatest level of protection for an athlete as compared to either a stock or boil and bite guard. The design of a custom guard can be individualized not only for the athlete but in some cases also for the specific sport that will be played when it is being worn.
Gum Disease Screenings
Periodontal (gum) diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious infections that, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. The word periodontal literally means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become inflamed. Dr. DiBauda and staff will run a series of tests to determine the best plan of action for your health.