Dental Exams and X-Rays
Routine dental exams are important to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Additionally, they can help to avoid the financial costs associated with large treatment plans later on. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends checkups twice a year for people of all ages. At this frequency, most problems can be caught while they remain in an early stage.
How it's done
The dentist first examines your mouth visually, using dental equipment such as mouth mirrors, dental tools, and high intensity lights. They will look for cracked and decayed teeth, as well as review other important items such as:
- Medical history: The dentist will assess any new medical conditions or illnesses that may affect your dental health.
- Examination of tooth decay: Your mouth will be checked for cracked or decayed teeth.
- Oral cancer screening: The face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums will be checked for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: Your gums and bone around the teeth will be checked for any evidence of periodontal disease.
- Examination of existing restorations: Current fillings, crowns, and other restorations are also checked for any issues.
We take diagnostic x-rays to reveal any hidden problems, which are frequently beyond what we can see in the areas below the gums. Bitewing x-rays are often taken once a year, and panoramic x-rays, which show the full mouth view, may be taken every 3-5 years. We love using our advanced technology including Schick digital x-rays, a new digital panorex machine, intra oral cameras, and fiber optic handpieces.