Comprehensive Dental Exam
The exam is performed at your initial dental visit and at following check-up exams that your dentist or hygienist will perform. Do not let the name General Dental Exam fool you, this is a comprehensive dental exam that will include all of the following main points.
Our offices are equipped with the highest quality equipment available. By examining the digital x-rays your dental team can detect decay, bone loss, tumors, cavities, cysts, and numerous other dental situations, while helping the team map tooth and root positions. Another important feature of this type of x-ray is that it allows interaction between you, our patient and your doctor. Instead of your dental team telling you the situation, they can show you on digital computer screens exactly what they are talking about and from many different views.
Oral cancer screening:
Your team will check for signs of oral cancer in your mouth, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums. This is a painless and quick process.
Gum disease screening:
Your hygienists will check your gums and bone around your teeth for signs of periodontal diseases. This is tested by using a periodontal probe, a tiny measuring stick, to measure the pocket depth. Typically a healthy condition depth measures from 1 to 3 millimeters, anything over 4 millimeters in not healthy. Bigger numbers usually indicate pockets of infection that need treatment.
Examination for tooth decay:
This is where the surface of each tooth is checked for decay.
Examination of previous work done (existing restorations):
Your team will check all your fillings, crowns, bridges, and any other existing dental work.