The team at the office of Michael Kowalik, DDS, is dedicated to delivering quality dental care in Burbank, IL. Starting with routine exams and cleanings, current and new patients can obtain a high-level understanding of their current oral health. It is during this appointment that Dr. Kowalik can assess any immediate concerns you may have with your dental health.
Dental Examinations in Burbank, IL
During your routine dental exam at our Burbank dental office, Dr. Kowalik will take diagnostic X-rays to determine whether you’ve had any decay, cysts, or bone loss occur since your last appointment. Tooth surfaces will also be checked for decay using special dental tools.
In addition to examining teeth, our team will check for indications of gum disease and perform an oral cancer screening to ensure no indications exist around the face, lips, tongue, throat, and gums. For patients who have existing dental restorations, including cavity fillings, crowns, or bridges, these will also be examined to validate that no chips, cracks, or flaws have emerged since the last exam.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
In addition to examining the health of your mouth, your appointment will also consist of thorough teeth cleanings; professional teeth cleanings are performed by our registered dental hygienists. During your cleaning, we will remove any calculus (tartar) that has built up, which will return the smooth feeling to your teeth. We will also carefully remove any plaque formed on teeth, to thwart gum inflammation and prevent decay. Finally, your teeth will be polished to remove any surface stains and restore your smile’s sparkle.
Throughout the entire cleaning process, your comfort is our primary concern. Our hygienists take caution to exercise gentle, compassionate care, and we also utilize ultrasonic handpieces, to maximize patient comfort.
Why is Prevention Important?
Preventative exams and cleanings are an important part of oral health care. When a patient neglects to care for their teeth, more serious health concerns can arise, including gum disease, decay, and even tooth loss. Regular dental exams allow certified health professionals to assess the current health of the mouth, look out for any potential concerns, and thwart issues before they compound. While regular brushing and flossing aide in oral health care, there are areas of the mouth that require special dental tools to fully clean, which is in part why regular cleanings are performed.
If you’re in need of an exam and cleaning are a new or returning patient, we’d love to hear from you! Our Burbank, IL dentist office is centrally located to serve your family’s oral health care needs. Please give us a call at your earliest convenience to schedule your appointment.