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Dental Exams & Cleanings

Dental Exam

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit.  At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist 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.
  • 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.  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.

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Testimonials

Dr. Stark has performed several dental procedures on me over the past two years. His technique (especially in extractions!) is unsurpassed. In the past, I have invariably experienced extreme pain for a couple of days post-op. But not with Dr. Stark! I didn't need to take even an aspirin afterwords. And I must take very strong issue with the so-called "Flagstaff informer" in regard to cost. Case in point: I had thought that I would need TWO implants to replace my two front teeth. But upon examination, the good Doctor told me that I would need only one (the other one he would simply crown). His honesty in this regard will save me thousands of dollars. I intend to retain Dr. Benjamin Stark as my dentist for the remainder of my life (I am 63). He is the best dentist I have ever had.

Douglas D.

Dr. Stark is the bomb! I can honestly say he is my most favorite dentist that I have ever been too. I am usually very nervous at the dentist and put off visits for as long as possible. But he made me feel very comfortable and acted like he really cared about me as a patient and person. He is definitely my new permanent dentist and I will be going back in regularly for check ups. Thank you!

Sherry M.

Going to Dr. Stark was a great experience. I was greeted by an incredible staff, and Dr. Stark was very friendly and personable. He was able to explain everything that he was checking for. I really felt like he wanted me to understand the health of my teeth. I also had my 2 kids with me. The kids had no problem sitting in the chair while their teeth were cleaned. Dr. Stark worked great with the kids and helped them feel calm during the appointments. So glad our family's dentist trip was positive!!!

Angie S.

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