You may think that a Complete Oral Exam consists only of a cleaning and a look at your teeth. Actually, there’s quite a bit more to it than just that.
An initial complete Oral Exam includes the following:
Obtaining a written record that details your medical/dental history,including a listing of all current medications.
A thorough oral cancer screening, both visually and digitally (using the fingers), checking all of your lymph nodes, lips, tongue and the insides of your mouth and cheeks.
A series of diagnostic X-rays that provide a comprehensive view of your teeth and condition of your bones.
A periodontal examination, which includes a thorough screening and assessment of your gums; to check for any signs of periodontal gum disease.
An occlusal exam, to check for bite problems (underbite, overbite, crossbite), worn teeth, and jaw problems, such as TMJ.
Additionally, the dentist will perform a meticulous tooth-by-tooth check to identify cavities, examine prior treatment and restorations and the current condition each, locate any chipped, cracked or missing teeth, or identify any work that needs to be performed.
At the end of this appointment, you will have a more thorough understanding of the condition of your teeth and mouth, as well as all options for treatment. This provides you with all the information needed to choose the treatment that’s right for you.