Comprehensive Dental Examination

Comprehensive Dental Examination

A comprehensive dental exam is critical to your ongoing dental health and can only be performed by your dentist. At your initial dental appointment, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes early and plan to spend 60-90 minutes in our office. Your first appointment will include a comprehensive oral examination as well as dental x-rays to help assess your oral health.

Cleaning and Oral Examinations

A dental exam can catch problems before you see or feel them. Identifying problems early makes them easier and less expensive to treat. Your dentist will be looking for:

  • Tooth decay and damage
  • Signs of oral cancer
  • Signs of cavities
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • General condition of your face and mouth
  • Condition of previous dental work
  • Alignment of teeth and jaws

At East Village Dental, our dental examination includes the following:

Patient Interview

The pre-examination patient interview is an important part of your oral health. By taking the time to discuss any concerns you have regarding your teeth or gums, we are better able to determine the length and scope of the treatment required to help you restore or maintain your perfect smile. During the patient interview, you have the opportunity to get to know your doctor a little better, helping to ease any discomfort or nervousness about future dental appointments.

Disease Screening

Our examinations include oral cancer screenings to help detect the presence of disease at a curable stage and to perform any recommended biopsies on an as needed basis. This proactive approach to dental disease helps to prevent minor issues from developing into major problems down the road through early diagnosis and treatment.

When screening for oral cancer, the dental professionals at East Village Dental will do a tactile examination by feeling beneath your jaw, the sides of your neck, and the interior of your cheeks and lips. Your doctor will also carefully inspect your tongue and the top and bottom of your mouth. This comprehensive screening process provides us with critical details about the current health of your mouth and if further testing is required to determine if oral cancer may be present in your body.

Oral Examination and Cleaning

The East Village Dental examination is a thorough assessment of the oral soft tissues and mucosa, teeth, gums, and bone levels. The purpose of our dental examination is for us to formulate an opinion and plan of treatment to achieve your ideal oral health and hygiene. During our examination, we will determine if your teeth or roots are showing any signs of decay or if gum or bone disease may be present in your mouth. If tooth restoration or replacement is needed or if your bite or jaw are not properly aligned, we can determine this and make suggestions for future treatments to resolve these issues.

Oftentimes, a patient will undergo a comprehensive dental exam and a dental cleaning session in the same appointment.

Our dental cleanings are designed to leave your teeth free from unsightly staining or deposits that mar the appearance and health of your smile. To help keep your teeth in their best possible condition, our cleaning appointments also include a thorough demonstration of the appropriate way to clean your teeth.

Diagnostic Exams

We make use of digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to allow you a bird’s eye view of your teeth and gums and any recommended treatment we suggest. Dental x-rays allow us to have the most comprehensive view of your mouth. We make use of several different types of x-rays to give us the most detailed picture of your oral health.

Among the dental x-rays we may utilize at your appointment are:

  • Bitewing (provides a view of the upper and lower crowns of the teeth)
  • Periapical (provides a view of the tooth, its root, and the surrounding bone)
  • Occlusal (provides a view of the teeth when the jaw is completely closed)
  • Panoramic (provides an overall view of the complete mouth)
  • Cone beam computerized tomography (provides a 3D view to assist with understanding spacing of the teeth)

Dental x-rays are not required at every examination and are used on an as needed basis. Our digital x-rays make use of very low levels of radiation to ensure they are completely safe while still providing the information we need concerning your dental health.

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