A dental exam includes an inspection of the entire mouth. Exams are necessary to diagnose any irregularities of the hard and/or soft tissues in the mouth. Some irregularities may include cavities, gum disease, tooth or jaw pain, infections, oral cancer, and tooth function issues. After the exam is performed, the dentist will talk you through a customized treatment plan to maximize your oral health. A dental exam is recommended once every six months for both adults and children. Dental exams are often done at the same time as a cleaning appointment.
What is dental cleaning?
Basic dental cleaning is a preventative procedure that involves using dental instruments to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth in order to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and periodontitis.
Why are oral X-rays required?
Dental exams usually include oral X-rays as well. They are an important diagnostic tool used to get a better view of the teeth, roots, jawbone, and other underlying tissues. X-rays are used to help find cavities, find sources of pain and infection, monitor bone levels, and find oral pathology that cannot be found in any other way. Dental X-Rays remain the standard of care in ensuring that the most thorough diagnosis is obtained.