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Saginaw Dentist, Dentist in Saginaw, MI

Shattuck Dental Care

5382 Gratiot Rd
Saginaw, MI  48638


General & Family Dentisty

(989) 790-3400

What We Do
 

Family & General Dentistry

Dental Exams & Cleaning

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by the staff at Shattuck Dental Care at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays: Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • 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.

While you may not be getting any older, your teeth probably are! Dental treatment and needs begin to change as you age. Adults can be divided into two distinct categories with respect to their needs: those adults who have not had a history of many restorations (fillings) and those who have had their teeth drilled and filled repeatedly over the years.