Dental Exams and X-Rays
Regular dental exams are important to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. They help to avoid the financial costs associated with large treatment plans when regular dental exams are delayed or put off. Regular dental exams are important for people of all ages. I recommend regular dental exams for infants who are just getting their baby teeth to edentulous patients who need the fit of their dentures examined. The frequency of the regular dental exam will be determined based on the individual patients needs. At the appropriate frequency, most problems can be diagnosed and treated at an early stage making treatment more successful.
How it's done
- Medical history review: I will assess how any medical conditions or illnesses may affect your dental health and treatment.
- Examination of teeth: Using dental instruments such as mouth mirrors, dental explorers and high intensity light I will examine your teeth for decay, broken cusps or fractured edges, and cracked or worn out fillings.
- Oral cancer screening: The face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums will be checked for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum evaluation: Your gums and bone around the teeth will be checked for any evidence of gingivitis (redness and swelling) and periodontitis or periodontal disease (bone loss).
- Examination of existing restorations: I will examine existing crowns and bridges for recurrent decay and make sure they are cemented securely to the underlying teeth.
Additionally, I will take diagnostic x-rays to check for tooth decay and to evaluate the supporting bone around the teeth. The frequency of x-rays will be based on the individual patients needs. Bitewing x-rays are typically taken every 2 years for patients with minimal tooth decay or gum problems to as often as every 6 months or a year if the patient is prone to tooth decay or gum problems. A panoramic x-ray is taken every 3-5 years to assess wisdom teeth, to check sinuses or check for infections/cysts in the jaws.