Dental Cavity Check
Most people need to see the dentist every 6 months to ensure optimum dental health. 6 Months is enough time for most of us to develop tooth decay (caries) and treatment starts with diagnosing these lesions.
If you already had 2 or more fillings in the past 4 years, you will be at a higher risk for developing new cavities and regular exam checks will be essential.
What Happens At The Dental Exam?
- Medical/Dental History
After meeting you we take a detailed medical and dental history to help us diagnosing and preventing problems.
Smoking, teeth grinding, and allergies are some of the important things that can play a big role in compromising your dental health. It is important that you give us a list of all the chronic and current medications that you are taking. Some drugs can have a negative or even catastrophic impact on some dental treatment.
- Main Complaint
If you have an existing dental complaint, we will do our best to help you, but usually, it is best to spend the time allocated for the dental exam only. This way we can formulate a diagnosis and holistic treatment plan to address all the dental problems.
Digital X-rays and scans reveal any underlying problems. Sometimes a 360-degree PANORAMIC X-ray is necessary to help with a more global diagnosis.
- Cavity Check and Existing Dental Fillings
After the x-ray check, we also make use of high magnification to visibly identify possible tooth decay(caries). In addition, we will take note of all your existing dental fillings and other related dental work.
This will help us to do a risk analysis to determine your risk for developing new cavities or tooth decay lesions. Depending on your risk( low, medium or high) we can now place you on a Prevent Cavities Program.
- Gums, Gingivitis and Breath Analysis
Bleeding gums, bad breath, and receding gums are all symptoms we can help you with and our oral hygienists will stand by to assist.
- Cosmetic / Aesthetic Screening
Many changes continually take place to our teeth and smiles due to everyday life of eating, chewing and grinding resulting in an ever-increasing 'worn down' look. Constant chipping, crowding, yellowing of teeth, tooth loss, increased tooth sensitivity, gum infection, changes in soft tissues (longer upper lip cause fewer teeth to show) and many more are only some of these changes. Cosmetic Dentistry can provide many solutions to these problems and thus reversing the effects of aging.
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