Dental Exams and X-Rays
Routine dental examinations are very important to maintaining a healthy mouth. With frequent, regular checkups, we can prevent dental disease and avoid complicated treatment as well as save the expense of that treatment in the long-term. It is recommended that patients of all ages have a dental examination twice a year. X-rays should be taken every 1 to 2 years to help detect the presence of decay and other conditions that are not visible to the eye.
In a regular dental exam, we will firstly examine the patient’s mouth visually using mouth mirrors, dental explorers and high intensity lights to visually detect problems. Important things that we look for in every exam include the following:
- Tooth Decay/ Tooth Wear
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Gum Disease
- Quality of existing restorations.
- Quality and Quantity of saliva
- Bite problems
If during the initial exam we suspect any hidden problems that cannot be picked up with the naked eye, patients may require diagnostic x-rays to help with further assessment of the problem and deciding on appropriate treatment.
Photographs may be taken of the mouth to serve as a record but also to allow patients to better understand their own oral condition.