Dental exams are important for oral health. They allow dentists to find issues the mouth early on as well as prevent new conditions from occurring. New patients should book a dental exam before treatments are recommended so that the dentist can understand their current oral health state. The dentist will assess your oral health and provide customized dental treatment options.
A dental exam evaluates not only the teeth, but also the gums and overall condition of the mouth. This exam may include dental X-rays, a medical history review and a consultation.
Dental X-rays can help dentists find underlying issues that may otherwise go unnoticed. Dental X-rays are used to examine or detect the following:
- Teeth alignment
- Teeth development
- Tooth decay
- Periodontal disease (gum disease)
- Other gum conditions
- Oral cancer
- Jawbone structure
- Jaw alignment
Your dentist may use a combination of X-rays to assess your dental health. Your dentist will only take X-rays as needed, which is typically every 2 to 3 years. However, patients with severe dental issues may need X-rays more often. Dental X-rays are considered safe and they are also beneficial, as they can help prevent extensive dental work.
At your dental consultation, we will also review your medical history and discuss any current medications. This information is important so we can provide dental treatments that are safe and effective. For example, a patient suffering from hemophilia who is seeking teeth replacement may require a less invasive procedure. We can recommend appropriate treatment options once we understand your medical history.
Dental exams are recommended every six months. Those with conditions such as periodontal disease may need exams more often. We can offer more insight after your initial dental exam.
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The first step to a brighter, healthier smile is to understand your current dental health. Our team would be happy to assist you. Contact us or book an appointment online today to schedule your dental exam.