The dental examination is a diagnostic evaluation of a patient’s overall oral health and hygiene.
Here are some details about how a dental exam is done in our office:
- Look for indications of decay or periodontal disease: A dental exam can reveal any indications of tooth decay or any periodontal diseases in a patient’s mouth. Although further follow up tests can be necessary.
- Dental x-rays: Dental x-rays reveal bone and gum problems. They can also reveal if someone had any issue in his or her jaw bones. Sometimes dentists perform an exam to detect cancer which requires an evaluation of cheekbones, gums, and tongue, underneath the jaw, throat, and neck.
- Evaluate bite: A lot of people can feel pain because of rough alignment of their teeth. A dental exam covers one’s bite, specifically to reveal if there is a problem.
- Evaluate jaw: People who hurt their jaw need proper care and evaluation for dental treatment.
Reveal the need for cleaning: Cleaning teeth is a part of a dental examination. The real problem doesn’t reveal itself unless the teeth are clean. The dentist also cleans up the plaque and debris on the teeth.
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