Conducting a comprehensive dental exam is crucial to verifying the status of your oral health. If you have any concerns about being in the dental chair or seeing your dentist, please let us know. We’ll help you complete your session, all while ensuring that you feel comfortable throughout.
Your dentist will be performing a comprehensive oral exam during your initial dental visits. Apart from your dentist, you’ll also see your dental hygienist to help with the check-ups. We will examine not just your teeth but their surrounding structures as well.
The following are among the procedures we’re conducting during your oral exam:
- Diagnostic x-rays. After taking your radiography or diagnostic x-rays, the next step is to examine the results. This process will help us detect dental problems such as decay and bone loss early on. With the help of x-rays, we’ll also be able to identify location of your teeth and their roots.
- Examination of existing dental work. If you have existing dental work, you’ll need to have it checked, too. The existing work may be in need of an adjustment, restoration, or replacement so you can continue to enjoy them. Crowns and fillings are among dental restorations that need to be checked periodically.
- Oral cancer screening. For your dental exam, we’ll also examine your lips, tongue, and neck. We’ll also look into tissues and gums to check for any potential symptoms of oral cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, men are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer than women. Risk factors include smoking, alcohol consumption, excessive exposure to sun, weakened immune system, and poor nutrition.
- Gum disease evaluation. Periodontal disease or gum disease is a common condition affecting not only adults but also teenagers. When not detected or treated early, it can further advance to more serious stages and can worsen even more with poor oral care practice. During your gum disease evaluation, we’ll look into the gums and bones surrounding your teeth for any signs. Your dental hygienist helps in the process by removing any plaque or tartar buildup that brushing alone will not remove.