Your dental examination otherwise generally includes:
- Evaluation for Periodontal Disease – This examination focuses on bleeding or puffy gums, tooth infection, bad breath, or any other problem around the tooth.
- Oral Cancer Screening – This involves a thorough check to examine for any signs of oral cancer. Regular examinations help in early diagnosis and treatment.
- Screening for Cavities and Tooth Fractures – This portion of the exam involves checking for wear and tear of cavities and possible tooth fractures.
- Checking Status of Current Restorations – A regular oral examination helps in evaluating the status of restorations, including fillings, veneers, crowns, implants, and bridges.
- Examination for Tooth Decay – Early detection of tooth decay aids in providing timely treatment which, depending on the severity of the problem, may include filling, crown, root canal treatment, or extraction.
Why are cleanings important?
Professional cleanings help prevent gum disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay. During a professional cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will:
Remove plaque that can lead to tartar and cavities resulting in tooth decay and gum irritation