Comprehensive Oral Exam
We are your partners in obtaining and maintaining your ideal oral health. When it comes to helping you reach your goals for your mouth, your teeth and your gums, we are here to help you. In order to know where you want to go, we must know the condition of your oral health today. One of the most important aspects of reaching your goal is your Comprehensive Oral Examination.
An initial Comprehensive Oral Examination 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. Unfortunately, around 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, and the five-year survival rate is only 50% percent. However, survival rates drastically increase with early detection.
- 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. Healthy gums are critical to oral health and overall health. More and more research is showing an association between periodontitis (gum disease) and other medical conditions, such as diabetes and arteriosclerosis. Regular exams and cleanings are critical to diagnosing, preventing and treating gum disease.
- An occlusal exam, to check for bite problems (underbite, overbite, crossbite), worn teeth, and jaw problems, such as TMJ.
- Additionally, 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.
- If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry we will discuss your cosmetic dental options for creating the smile you’ve always wanted. We will evaluate cosmetic features including; the curvature of the lips, the shade of the teeth, missing teeth, facial dimensions and shape, spaces between teeth, visible silver fillings, chipped or rotated teeth, and any other concerns that you may have.
Whether your goal is to achieve outstanding dental health for a lifetime or to finally get that beautiful smile you have always imagined, our suggestions for your care are based upon sound biological and cosmetic principles that ensure the best long-term results.