Comprehensive Oral Examinations
Your mouth is a window to your overall health. A comprehensive examination can detect medical conditions before any symptoms arise.
What to Expect
Your comprehensive examination will consist of a complete physical checkup from the neck up. Your dentist will generally begin by asking about your medical and dental history, current or previous complaints and cosmetic goals.
Next, a visual examination, followed by a full set of X-rays will be used to detect:
- Gum recession
- Weakened dental restorations such as fillings, crowns, or bridges
- Tooth decay and cavities
- Tooth deterioration due to bruxism, misaligned bite, or TMJ
Additionally, your dentist will perform a digital and visual examination of your lymph nodes to identify pain, cysts, and abnormalities that might indicate the presence of a disease.
Your gums, tongue, lips and other internal areas of your mouth will be examined for early signs of disease or medical conditions such as:
- Blood pressure
- Systemic disorders
- Oral cancer
- Sinus problems
- Cardiovascular problems
- Immune abnormalities
Once all the assessments have been completed, each tooth will be examined one by one for chips or cracks that may cause pain. During this time, we will check existing restorations and analyze the condition of your tooth enamel.
We will discuss the findings with you and work closely with you to create an individualized treatment plan. This will consist of immediate needs, preventive measures and can potentially involve cosmetic procedures.
Schedule Your Comprehensive Exam Today!
A comprehensive oral examination is an essential component of preventive dentistry. We recommend this procedure for all of our new patients. We also recommend all patients schedule a comprehensive oral examination every five years. Your comprehensive oral examination allows us to determine your needs and create a personalized dental treatment plan to ensure a lifetime of good oral health.