Cleanings & Prevention
Dental Exams & Cleanings

Dental Exam

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Chaumont at your initial dental visit.  At regular check-up exams, Dr. Chaumont, the hygienist or a staff member will include the following:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.  The frequency of x-rays depend on each individuals dental conditions therefore may need to be taken more than the normal routine of bitewings once a year and full mouth series every three years.  If Dr. Chaumont or the hygienist is concerned about a certain area they may require x-rays at each routine exam until there is no evidence of any disease progression.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.  Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Left untreated the gum tissue will become infected and cause bone and tissue loss which will result in tooth loss.  Gum disease is the number one reason adults lose their teeth.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
Lake Charles general dentist Dr. Darren W. Chaumont and his team are dedicated to restoring and keeping your gums healthy and disease free. Call us today 337.477.8931

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