New Patient Exams & Cleanings, Sunnyvale

New Patient Exam

Our friendly staff will guide you along on your first visit.

Our thorough New Patient Exams & Cleanings

New Patient Exams & Cleanings, Sunnyvale

We use low-radiation digital X-rays.

Your first visit will begin with one of our thorough New Patient Exams. This gives us the information we need to create a treatment plan, usually with options to account for different lifestyle and budgetary needs.

Digital X-rays

We use low-radiation digital X-rays to get a detailed view of your mouth, teeth and gums. In some cases we will also get a panoramic X-ray and intraoral photos.

Intraoral Camera

New Patient Exams & Cleanings

An intraoral camera shows in the inside of a patient’s mouth in full color.

During all new patient exams, Dr. Au will use an intraoral camera to show all of his patients an inside view of their mouth. This device streams a live video feed to a computer monitor that shows the patient a close up look at any problem areas. The intraoral camera is a great tool for educating patients with a visual reference to any problem areas of decay that Dr. Au finds.

Oral Exam & Consultation

New Patient Exams & Cleanings, Sunnyvale

We includes patient education as part of our new patient exams.

Dr. Au discusses your goals and concerns regarding your oral health and smile. He reviews your dental and medical health history and conducts a thorough oral exam, including a periodontal (gum) exam and an oral cancer check.

Taking this information and your X-ray results, Dr. Au goes over with you the condition of your teeth and gums and the treatment options available to you. He explains the treatment thoroughly, answering any questions you have.

New Patient Special Offer

New patients receive our full new patient exams for only $49!

To make an appointment, call 408‑245‑5812 or click here to request an appointment online.

Gentle, thorough cleanings

New Patient Exams & Cleanings, Sunnyvale

The ultrasonic scaler helps to break down hard stains from the surface of your teeth.

Patients comment on the excellence of our hygiene department. All three of our hygienists are highly trained and experienced and know how to give a thorough cleaning that is also gentle.

Essential to a successful hygiene regimen is patient education. Our hygienists always take the time to help patients with their oral health and teach them about the latest innovations in home teeth and gum care.

Ultrasonic Scaler for that polished look

Your cleaning includes a final polish with polishing tools to whiten and smooth your teeth. For heavy stains and heavy calculus build-up, our hygienists use an ultrasonic scaler. The vibrations of the ultrasonic scaler loosen material on the surface of the tooth, which is then brushed off.

Deep Cleanings for mild to moderate Gum Disease

Video: Scaling and Root Planing

When the results of your periodontal exam show that you have a “pocket” size of greater than 3 millimeters, it’s time to get in under the gum line and clean the roots of the teeth as well.

How gum disease comes about

Our mouths are naturally full of bacteria that forms a sticky, colorless film on the teeth, called plaque. Brushing and flossing gets rid of plaque, but poor oral habits or conditions such as systemic illness, medications and smoking can contribute to a buildup of plaque, which forms a hardened substance called tartar, or calculus.

The calculus forms on both the tooth crown and tooth root. When on the root, the rough nature of the calculus causes the root to separate from the gum, creating a pocket. We probe for pocket depth in every new patient exam and before every cleaning. Pocket depths of 1 to 3 mm indicate healthy gums. Pocket depths greater than 3 mm indicate the presence of gum disease, and the deeper the pocket, the more severe the gum disease.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Video: Gingivitis

Other symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bad breath or a persistent bad taste in the mouth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Gum recession and loose teeth, which are symptoms of advanced gum disease
  • Abscesses, which can form in the deepening gum pockets

Effective Gum Disease treatment

New Patient Exams & Cleanings

Arestin® targets the bacteria in the deep gum pockets.

If gum disease is found it needs to be treated aggressively to halt its progression and reverse the gums to a healthy state. Our hygienists use Deep Cleaning, also known as root scaling and planing.

Using hand instruments as well as our ultrasonic scaler (to loosen the calculus with sound vibrations), calculus is removed from your tooth roots and the roots are “planed”, i.e. made smooth to encourage the gum tissue to reattach.

To eliminate residue bacteria in the pockets, we use Arestin® Therapy, a locally administered timed-release antibiotic treatment.

Most gum disease can be effectively handled using deep cleaning. If we find you have severe gum disease (periodontitis) that needs further treatment, our periodontist, Dr. Scott Dault will be able to treat using his minimally invasive laser-assisted therapy.

Learn about Laser Treatment for severe gum disease.

To make an appointment, call 408‑245‑5812 or click here to request an appointment online.