Dental Care in Midlothian, Texas

Scheduling a dental exam and professional teeth cleaning every six months, or more if recommended by a dentist, is an essential component of preventive dentistry. Dr. Buie believes in the power of prevention and early detection as a means of promoting healthy teeth and providing personalized oral health care.

What Should You Expect During a Dental Exam?

Digital or 3D X-rays

Dr. Buie will use 2D or 3D images to uncover any potential problem. X-rays allow us to detect the presence of tooth decay, bone loss, cysts, or other abnormalities. They provide a wealth of information that Dr. Buie will use to design a treatment plan, including any needed preventive or restorative treatments.

Periodontal Exam

Dr. Buie will evaluate your gums to ensure they are free of disease. Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is often reversible, so identifying any gum issues early on will allow for better treatment outcomes.

Tooth By Tooth Exam

Your tooth by tooth examination will reveal any chips cracks or damage to your teeth. Dr. Buie will evaluate the condition of your tooth enamel for signs your teeth are at risk of developing cavities. He will also examine any restorations to ensure they are free of damage.

Oral Cancer Screening

This quick and painless exam can be a potential lifesaver. When detected and treated in its earliest stages, oral cancer has a 90 percent chance of being cured. During your screening, Dr. Buie will examine the soft tissues in your oral cavity and surrounding muscles for any signs of changes or abnormalities. If any suspicious areas are discovered, he will discuss further testing and may recommend a soft tissue biopsy. Dr. Buie would like to stress the importance of early detection for the best possible treatment outcomes.

Bite Analysis

Dr. Buie will perform a bite analysis to determine the health of your occlusion (bite). A bad bite can affect your oral health by causing loose teeth, excessive tooth wear, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Correcting your occlusion will help address these conditions and will help improve your dental health.  

What Should You Expect During a Professional Dental Cleaning?

Unlike most dental offices where a dental hygienist cleans your teeth, Dr. Buie performs his own cleanings, which allows him to spend more time examining your mouth and ensuring that nothing is missed or overlooked. Your routine professional cleanings are an essential component of preventive dentistry and have been shown to reduce the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath (halitosis), and a host of dental problems.

During your cleaning, Dr. Buie will gently remove any plaque or tartar buildup around your gumline and between your teeth using an instrument called a scaler. Next, he will polish your teeth and floss them, leaving them feeling fresh and minty clean.

Oral Hygiene Practices for Healthy Teeth

Brushing twice a day and flossing daily will help keep your teeth clean and healthy. It’s also important to schedule your routine dental exams and cleanings every six months to ensure your oral health stays in the best of shape.

Quality Comprehensive Care in Midlothian, TX

Contact Buie Clinic to learn more about comprehensive dental care for a healthy smile. Dr. Buie, our skilled prosthodontist, and his outstanding team are all about delivering creative, reliable, and gentle dentistry solutions to ensure you enjoy optimal dental health for years to come. Call us today!