Dental Exams

At Soft Touch Dental in San Diego, you will undergo comprehensive service starting with your very first visit.

All check-ups will include the following tests and examinations:

Examination of Diagnostic X-rays

This is essentially required to detect tooth and gum decay, tumors, cysts and bone loss. X-rays also help to determine tooth and root positions.

Oral Cancer Screening

If your dentist feels it's necessary, your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues and gums will be screened to detect any cancerous growth.

Gum Disease Evaluation

This examination checks for any signs of periodontal disease in the gums and bones around the teeth.

Examination of Tooth Decay

Special dental instruments are used to examine tooth surfaces for decay.

Examination of Existing Restorations

Exams are done to check the conditions of current fillings, crowns, etc.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Dental cleanings are performed by our registered Dental Hygienists. 

Your cleaning appointment will include:

Removal of Tartar

Tartar or calculus is hardened plaque that firmly attaches to the tooth's surface. Calculus, which forms above and below the gum line, can only be removed by special dental instruments. 

Removal of Plaque

Plaque is quite literally a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris and saliva. Plaque is actually an almost invisible sticky film that forms on the teeth. The living bacteria can produce toxins, resulting in gum inflammation. This is the start of periodontal disease.

Teeth Polishing

Teeth polishing helps remove tough stains and plaque, which are persistent despite proper brushing and flossing habits.