Comprehensive Dental Exams
Knowing just what to expect with a comprehensive oral exam helps make each patient feel comfortable with the process. Dr. Smith will include a review of your complete medical history, which provides helpful information when deciding how to best address any dental needs he may uncover. A review of the medical history may include discussing family history of certain illnesses, current medical conditions or medications being taken, and any concerns or complaints you may have with your teeth or gums.
What to Expect During the Exam
Once the background information is gathered, X-rays are taken and a complete examination of the mouth begins. This examination includes soft tissue as well as teeth. As Dr. Smith examines the soft tissue, he’ll be looking for evidence of gum disease, bleeding, and the possible markers of oral cancer. When examining the teeth, the dentist looks at each tooth individually looking for signs of decay. Each tooth’s gum pocket is measured in six places to ensure gums are not receding.
He’ll also look for bite issues that need to be corrected — overbite, underbite, or crossbite. Any of these conditions can result in a patient’s teeth wearing too quickly or unevenly. Pain in the jaw or joint areas can result, as well as difficulty with opening and closing the mouth.
Your Customized Care Plan
At the conclusion of the comprehensive exam, the dentist and the patient develop a care plan that addresses any issues found during the process. Options for treatment and the timeline for taking care of any problems is discussed. Dr. Smith takes the time to listen to concerns and answer any questions you may have about the proposed care plan.
Schedule a comprehensive exam to ensure the health of your teeth and receive your customized care plan.
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