A comprehensive exam lays the foundation for excellent dental care. At Country Lakes Family Dental, we strive for you to experience the easy, gentle way to comfortable dental health. We recommend a “comprehensive dental exam” for all patients that are new to a practice and for “established” patients, those who are already in the practice, every three years.
The mouth is really a window into the body. Medical conditions may be discovered by a comprehensive dental exam before symptoms show up elsewhere in the body. By doing a comprehensive dental exam, we can together devise a strategy for long-term health and comfort.
Many dental issues, such as cavities can be totally prevented with good oral health care.
Your comprehensive dental exams will include:
RADIOGRAPHY (DIGITAL X-RAYS)
A full set of X-rays is one of the first and most important tools in monitoring the health of your mouth. We utilize state-of-the-art digital technology for all dental X-rays. These computer-aided X-rays provide images of unmatched quality, making it easier to identify and diagnose oral health concerns. Combined with an oral cancer screening, digital dental X-rays can identify any issues in the supporting structures in the mouth. As a benefit, digital dental x-rays produce almost undetectable amounts of radiation, even less than your cell phone, ensuring a safe means of diagnosis.
PERIODONTAL EXAM AND CHARTING
The health of your gums is every bit as important as the health of your teeth. That is why all of our dental exams include a thorough periodontal exam as well as charting. Periodontal charting consists of measuring the depth of gum pockets, the areas that form between teeth. Pocket depths are a distinctive indicator of gum health and are essential in monitoring for issues such as gingivitis or periodontal disease that may result in loss of the supporting structures of your teeth. A preventative and proactive approach to your gum health will improve the longevity of your teeth.
BITE ANALYSIS AND TMJ EXAM
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that hinges the lower jaw to the skull. As many patients know, this joint is prone to causing pain due to several different factors. At your dental exam, we can discuss any TMJ symptoms you may have and determine what treatment is best to relieve your discomfort. Similarly, a comprehensive bite analysis can determine if your teeth need adjusting in order to create a more comfortable bite and prevent unnecessary tooth wear.
DETAILED TOOTH EXAMS
Perhaps the most important aspect of your dental exam is the inspection of each tooth for both present and potential issues. These may include minor chips or cracks that you may not even be aware of but have the potential to cause pain. In addition, old restorations that are at risk of recurrent decay or fracture may be identified for replacement. By identifying cavities early, the teeth can be repaired before they start causing pain and keep much more of their original structure intact, preventing more excessive dental treatment.