Common Dental Procedures

Common Dental Procedures

Suppose you want to protect yourself against tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. In that case, you need to schedule regular visits to the dental offices of Sacramento River Dental Group. However, many costly common dental procedures are utterly avoidable if patients visit their dentist every 6 months for routine dental care.

Advances made in anesthetics, cleaning techniques, and sleep dentistry now mean that the visit dreaded by many clients is usually over before they expect it. Dentistry has made a significant step forward in the last decade – find out just how simple it can be for you and your family to maintain your dental health now!

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Dental Cleaning

Dental prophylaxis is an official name for dental cleaning. This procedure is one of common dental procedures. At Sacramento River Dental Group, our dental hygienists are committed to providing you with the most delicate dental cleaning in Sacramento, CA.

Dental cleaning involves removing any accumulation of calculus or tartar, which is the calcified plaque deposits caused by oral bacteria. This material, as well as plaque, is one of the leading causes of gum disease. Regular, professional removal of both substances is critical to your dental health.

The final step in your cleaning is polishing the teeth. Polishing isn’t just one of common cosmetic dental procedures; it helps eliminate stains or plaque missed during the cleaning. It will leave your mouth remarkably clean and your teeth feeling fresh.

We are family dentists, meaning we provide this service to all family members, no matter their age. So, for instance, suppose you have problems with anxiety in a dental office. If that’s the case, we also offer sleep dentistry to guarantee that you pay us regular visits and avoid the more serious problems associated with dental procrastination.

Dental Exam

Your dentists at Sacramento River Dental Group would like you to always remember that the primary steps in preventing dental decay and preserving your oral health are an essential dental examination followed up by cleaning.

Our staff is highly qualified hygienists who will undertake your complete dental examination. It is a very important service for identifying possible problems with your teeth and gums. It is administered in our office and includes the safety common dental procedures below:

  • Examining the mouth, tongue, throat, and facial area checking for oral cancer.
  • Evaluating the gum and bones, checking for gum disease, searching for excessive gaps, pockets, or gum regression, along with early indicators of potential periodontal disease.
  • Taking and examining your dental X-rays to check for any unseen decay, cysts, tumors, or bone loss likely to result in tooth loss or painful conditions in the future.
  • Verifying the effectiveness of current dental restorations such as implants, crowns, fillings, etc.
  • Planning the necessary procedures and steps for your dental cleaning following the exam.

Suppose you typically suffer from anxiety from visiting a dental office. In that case, we can guarantee a worry-free visit since all of these common dental procedures can be completed at our Sacramento River Dental Group offices using sleep dentistry.


One indispensable part of common dental procedures and regular examinations is dental X-rays. Some people have reservations about the effects of radiation on their well-being. However, you can rest assured that advances in technology have considerably limited the amount of radiation you are exposed to with dental X-rays.

The X-ray components are shielded so that exposure is limited to the amount required for images of your teeth and jaw. A lead protector will also cover your vital organs as a precaution to further limit your exposure to radiation. Finally, keep in mind that typical exposure in a dental office is far less than radiation received from other medical images or even natural sources.

Did you know that walking in the sun daily gives you a larger dosage of radiation than a single X-ray? It takes thousands of dental X-rays in 1 year before a patient may start noticing any ill effects, and we obviously don’t plan to give any patient that many X-rays.

Dental X-rays are essential for our dentists because they help them and our staff determines whether you are experiencing any of the conditions below:

  • Early bone loss caused by periodontitis or various other factors;
  • Unseen decay between teeth;
  • Misaligned or impacted teeth;
  • Developmental problems;
  • Cysts, tumors, or abscesses.

Dental associations recommend yearly bitewing X-ray images at a minimum (referred to as so since you “bite” on the device used for creating the picture). These allow our dentists at Sacramento River Dental Group to see the height of the bone between your teeth and the condition of your crowns.

Full-set X-rays of the entire mouth are recommended every 3 to 5 years, which provide a complete view of each tooth in relation to the bone as well as neighboring teeth.

A periapical X-ray is used to take a picture of just one tooth. It is typically done if a patient is complaining of a toothache to allow our dentists to examine that tooth specifically.

A panoramic X-ray of the jaw and teeth, known as a Panorex, can be taken without the need for the patient to place anything in their mouth. The upper and lower jaw are both seen together in one picture. The image is usually taken when treatment is required for impacted teeth or for examining other suspected issues below the gum line.

Our dentists at Sacramento River Dental Group will only recommend X-rays required to ensure your oral health and safety. We utilize every precaution and advancement available to ensure your well-being. The diagnostic and preventative benefits are definitely worth using this time-tested medical tool.

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Sacramento River Dental Group – Candidate Privacy Notice

Sacramento River Dental Group is committed to respecting your online privacy and recognizes your need for appropriate protection and management of any personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) you share with us.

Sacramento River Dental Group is a “data controller”. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you. This privacy notice makes you aware of how and why your personal data will be used, namely for the purposes of the Sacramento River Dental Group employment recruitment process, and how long it will usually be retained.

Data protection principles

We will comply with data protection law and principles, which means that your data will be:

  • Used lawfully, fairly, and in a transparent way.
  • Collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes.
  • Relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes.
  • Accurate and kept up to date.
  • Kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about.
  • Kept securely.

The kind of information we hold about you

In connection with your application for work with us, we will collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you:

  • The information you have provided to us in your curriculum vitae and cover letter.
  • The information you have provided on our application form, including name, title, address, telephone number, personal email address, employment history, and qualifications.
  • Any information you provide to us during an interview.

How is your personal information collected?

We collect personal information about candidates from the following sources:

  • You, the candidate.
  • Recruitment agencies and vendors we have agreed on terms in place with
  • Professional networking profile
  • Employees and others who refer you to us

How we will use information about you?

We will use the personal information we collect about you to:

  • Assess your skills, qualifications, and suitability for the role.
  • Carry out background and reference checks, where applicable.
  • Communicate with you about the recruitment process.
  • Keep records related to our hiring processes.
  • Comply with legal or regulatory requirements.
  • We also need to process your personal information to decide whether to enter into a contract of employment with you.

Having received your CV, cover letter, and/or your application form, we will then process that information to decide whether you meet the basic requirements to be screened by our in-house recruitment team for the role. If you do, we will decide whether your application is strong enough to invite you for an interview, be it by telephone, in person, or by other electronic means. If we decide to engage you for an interview, we will use the information you provide to us at the interview to decide whether to offer you the role. If we decide to offer you the role, we will then take up references before confirming your appointment.

If you fail to provide personal information

If you fail to provide information when requested, which is necessary for us to consider your application (such as evidence of qualifications or work history), we will not be able to process your application successfully and we will not be able to take your application further.

Automated decision-making

You will not be subject to decisions that will have a significant impact on you based solely on automated decision-making.

Data sharing With third parties

  • We will only share your personal information with the following third parties for the purposes of processing your application; this may involve sharing your information with other companies within our own group if we consider they may have other relevant vacancies and only if you consent to such sharing
  • All our third-party service providers and other entities in the group are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our policies. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes. We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

Data security

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used, or accessed in an unauthorized way, altered, or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors, and other third parties who have a business need-to-know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.

Data retention (how long will you use my information for)

  • We will retain your personal information for a period of 2 years after we have communicated to you our decision about whether to appoint you to the role. We will retain your personal information so that we can make you aware of any suitable alternative roles that arise during this period.
  • We further retain your personal information for that period so that we can show, in the event of a legal claim, that we have not discriminated against candidates on prohibited grounds and that we have conducted the recruitment exercise in a fair and transparent way. After this period, we will securely destroy your personal information in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • If you would prefer that we did not retain your personal information, you can notify us at any time and we will delete your personal information.

Rights of access, correction, erasure, and restriction

Under certain circumstances, by law, you have the right to:

  • Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
  • Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
  • Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us to continue to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
  • Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object to where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
  • Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example, if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.

Right to withdraw consent

When you applied for this role, you provided consent to us processing your personal information for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. You have the right to withdraw your consent for processing for that purpose at any time.

To withdraw your consent, please contact the Recruitment Manager. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your application, and, subject to our policies, we will dispose of your personal data securely.

Data protection officer

We have appointed a data protection officer (DPO) to oversee compliance with this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice or how we handle your personal information, please contact the DPO by email, at