Addressing any immediate needs is important, but Dr. Kim and Dr. Bouma will always aim to look long-term and assess any risks, benefits, and alternatives to any treatments, to ensure you get the most comprehensive care possible.
As a general rule, we recommend patients get regular dental check-ups every six months. However, some patients require more frequent exams (for example, some patients being treated for periodontal disease and other issues, may require to be seen more frequently). In contrast, other patients require less frequent exams. Your dentist and hygienist will work as a team to decide what is best for you, based on your specific circumstance.
Digital Radiography is an important part of any comprehensive exam. It allows the dentists at Pathways Dental to make a proper diagnosis of your complete oral health, which includes tooth decay (cavities), as well as soft and hard tissue concerns such as bone loss. The digital x-ray also ensures patients are getting the absolute minimal radiation. The dentist will go over the x-rays with you to inform and educate you on the status of your oral health, and a comprehensive custom treatment plan will be developed that fits your specific needs.