A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will provide the following:
~Examination of diagnostic X-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
~Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
~Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
~Examination of tooth decay: Check all tooth surfaces for decay with special dental instruments and lasers.
~Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.