Your teeth and gums are inspected during a dental examination. The majority of kids and adults should visit the dentist every six months. These examinations are crucial for maintaining good dental health. If oral health issues are not treated right away, they may become unpleasant and dangerous.
Every new patient undergoes a comprehensive examination and detailed evaluation of their dental health. Dr. Hackman will go through your needs, address your concerns, present you with your options, and offer his treatment suggestions. When necessary, intra-oral cameras, computer imaging, and surgical telescopes are available for oral health examinations, providing even deeper investigation and superior outcomes.
Early Detection of Dental Problems
A comprehensive examination of your teeth, gums, tongue, and other oral tissues is part of a dental check-up. Dentists are able to spot the early symptoms of oral cancer, gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health problems. Early detection of these issues opens the door to less invasive and more effective treatment options.
Your oral health can offer important clues about how you are feeling overall. Dentists may spot symptoms of systemic illnesses like diabetes or cardiovascular problems while performing a dental evaluation. Early detection of these symptoms enables you to get the right medical attention and enhance your general health.
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What’s Covered in Dental Exam
The following elements are often included in thorough oral health examinations:
- Review of dental history: Your dental and medical histories, including any prior dental treatments or underlying diseases, are first reviewed by the dentist. They are better able to comprehend your particular dental demands and hazards thanks to this knowledge.
- Visual Inspection: During a visual examination of your oral cavity, a dentist looks for indications of tooth decay, gum inflammation, oral lesions, or other anomalies. Additionally, they evaluate the state of any current fillings, crowns, or bridges that you may have.
- Dental X-rays: X-rays give a more thorough look of the underlying bone structure and your teeth. They aid in locating concealed dental issues such impacted teeth, bone loss, or abscesses. Depending on your age, dental history, and particular concerns, dentists can advise getting X-rays.
- Periodontal Evaluation: Your gums’ condition is essential to your overall dental health. A periodontal examination is carried out by a dentist to assess the health of your gums, measure periodontal pockets (the spaces between the teeth and gums), and check for any signs of gum disease.
- Oral cancer screening: A dental exam frequently includes a check for the disease. Dentists look for any indications of abnormal growth or suspicious lesions in the lymph nodes, tongue, throat, and oral tissues. Treatment outcomes for oral cancer are considerably improved by early identification.
- Training, planning and education: Dentists provide a personalized treatment plan that is catered to your unique needs based on the results of the oral health examination. In addition, they offer recommendations on how to maintain good dental health, preventative measures, and oral hygiene guidelines.