During a dental exam, our dentist will:
Evaluate your overall health and oral hygiene
Evaluate your risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease
Evaluate your need for tooth restoration or tooth replacement
Check your bite and jaw for problems
Remove any stains or deposits on your teeth
Demonstrate proper cleaning techniques for your teeth or dentures
Assess how much fluoride you're getting through your diet and use of
oral hygiene products
Take dental X-rays or, if necessary, do other diagnostic procedures
During a dental exam, our dentist will also ask about any health problems you have or medications you're taking and discuss how they might affect your oral health. If you have diabetes, for example, you're at increased risk of gum disease. Any medication that contributes to dry mouth can increase your risk of tooth decay. If arthritis interferes with your ability to effectively brush your teeth, your dentist or hygienist might show you how to insert the handle of your toothbrush into a rubber ball for easier use — or recommend using a powered toothbrush.
If you have prosthetic replacements — such as dentures or bridges — our dentist will examine how well they fit and discuss the need for adjustments.
Dental exams might also include counseling about diet, smoking and other lifestyle factors that can affect oral health.
A dental X-ray allows the dentist to see detailed images of specific sections of your mouth. Traditional X-ray film is developed in a darkroom, but a newer technique allows X-ray images to be sent to a computer and viewed on a screen. Various types of dental X-rays are available, including:
Full Mouth Series- This type of X-rays allows the dentist to see your
whole mouth in detail. During a full mouth series (FMX), you'll bite down
on the X-ray film holder while the X-ray images are being taken. This type
of x-rays are taken every 3-5 years, depending on patient's oral condition.
Bitewing-This type of X-ray allows the dentist to see the crowns of the
upper and lower teeth. During a bitewing X-ray, you'll bite down on the
X-ray film holder while the X-ray images are being taken.
Periapical (PA)-This type of X-ray allows the dentist to see the entire
tooth and the surrounding bone. This type of X-ray allows the dentist to
see the way the upper teeth and corresponding lower teeth fit together
when the jaw is closed.
Panoramic-This type of X-ray gives the dentist a broad view of the entire mouth.
X-rays aren't typically needed at every dental visit. Radiation exposure from dental X-rays is low — but talk to your dentist if you're concerned about radiation exposure.
Oral cancer exam
During your dental exam at Connect Family Dental, your dentist or
hygienist will look for any signs of oral cancer. He or she will feel the
area under your jaw, the sides of your neck, and the insides of your lips
and cheeks, as well as examine your tongue and the roof and floor of
your mouth. In the case that we find an area of suspicion, we now have
the technology to perform Brush Biopsy, which would be send to the
lab and evaluate for Oral Cancer.
In some cases, the dentist might recommend making a dental impression of
one or both jaws to produce a replica of your teeth and oral tissue. This can
help the dentist evaluate your bite or make a mouth guard or bleaching trays.
The dentist will fill horseshoe-shaped trays with a soft, gelatin-like material
and place them over your upper or lower teeth. After a few minutes, the trays
are removed and used to create a dental cast or replica of your mouth.
The dentist might also have you bite down on a soft material to record and
evaluate your bite.
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