At HomeTown Dental at Irving, we carry out thorough examinations as part of our commitment to preventive dentistry. Regular exams can help maintain your dental health and put your mind at ease that your oral health regime is effective.
Preventive dentistry is one of the cornerstones of modern dental care, the reasoning being that you will need less dental treatment if you prevent diseases from happening, rather than treating diseases once they have occurred. Regular dental exams are essential in protecting your oral health but are also beneficial to your overall health as some other medical problems, such as diabetes or lupus, can be detected in the mouth first.
What Can You Expect During an Examination?
As well as the dentist carrying out an examination of your mouth, you will also have a consultation. The dentist will discuss medical history to assess whether any health problems or medications you are taking, or have taken, may be contributing to the health of your mouth. Some medications may cause dry mouth, and conditions that cause decreased immunity may affect gum health and contribute to gum disease or tooth decay.
The dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth, teeth, and gums, assessing areas of tooth decay and the extent of any gum disease. They will also check for signs of other oral diseases, including oral cancer through an oral cancer screening by looking underneath the tongue, on the roof of the mouth, and on the insides of the cheeks and lips.
Malocclusion problems that affect your bite will be identified. Your jaws are also assessed to see if they are causing pain or discomfort, or whether they are contributing to other oral health issues. We may recommend braces or clear aligners to help restore functionality and aesthetics.
Your oral hygiene measures will be evaluated, and your risk of diseases based on lifestyle factors and habits, such as smoking, or teeth grinding (bruxism). If you have bridges or dentures they will be checked for fit and whether they need replacing or adjusting, and you will be assessed for other restorations or tooth replacement options.
If you are a new patient to us, we may take an x-ray during your first visit as a precautionary measure to identify problems that are not visible during the examination. However, x-rays are not always necessary during dental or oral exams and are typically only taken based on your risk assessment.
The radiation exposure from modern digital x-rays is very low, so you do not need to be too concerned. However, please speak to the dentist if you have any questions or concerns.
The dentist may want to make a dental impression of your teeth in one or both jaws, particularly if you require crowns, bridges, orthodontics, or whitening trays. Impressions are also used in treatment planning and to create a permanent record of changes during treatment.
After the examination, the dentist will discuss their findings with you, recommending appropriate treatments and long-term plans to alleviate any problems. They may carry out simple preventive treatments immediately after the exam, including dental cleaning and dental fillings, to get you back on the road to excellent dental health.
Schedule an appointment for your dental exam with us at HomeTown Dental at Irving. Give us a call on (469) 599-2020.