Dental exams are an important part of maintaining good oral health and are the most efficient way of identifying abnormalities and problems in the mouth. It is important to receive regular dental exams every six months in order to treat potential issues from growing in size early on when they are the most treatable and to keep decay from forming. Generally, people who have healthy teeth and gums need to visit the dentist every six months, however, for those who are a high-risk factor for periodontal disease, may have to receive an exam more frequently.
A dental exam is performed by a dentist and involves looking at the teeth and examining them with specialized instruments. This helps to look for cavities and other issues pertaining to the teeth and gums, such as periodontal disease.
Before the exam begins, our dentists will give you a thorough medical history evaluation. It is important to let your dentist become aware of any medications that you are currently taking. After the medical evaluation occurs, the dentist will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease.
A dental exam might also include dental X-rays (radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures. X-rays are usually a part of the exam and will be used to examine teeth surfaces that are not visible, to view the levels of the bone present, to detect if there has been any bone loss, and to determine if there are deep cavities or decay that have formed.
It is important to see the dentist on a regular basis. If you would like to inquire more about this service or schedule an exam, please call our office and one of our assistants will be happy to assist you.