Although they most certainly form part of the appointment, contrary to what many people believe, dental exams aren’t just to check how clean your teeth are and whether or not you have any cavities or other problems developing. There are lots of other, vital elements involved. Even if you aren’t particularly nervous or anxious about dental appointments, knowing what to expect from your dental exam can help you feel reassured about the process.
We are as committed to your oral health as you are, and our thorough dental exams are designed to assess every aspect of your oral wellbeing so that we can offer the right advice to help you maintain a functional and beautiful smile for as long as possible.
Your comprehensive dental exam will include the following:
This is a verbal conversation with you about your dental and medical health, your lifestyle and any concerns that you may have. We will also ask you about any medications that you are currently taking.
This looks at your overall dental health, including your oral hygiene and your risks of developing problems such as decay, root damage or periodontal disease, which is better known as gum disease.
To determine if you have any cavities developing that require treatment. Catching cavities early can limit the amount of damage done to your dental health.
These form a standard part of the diagnostic process as well as enabling us to see any cavities or restorations that aren’t visible to the naked eye.
Dentistry doesn’t just cover teeth. The position of your jaw is also important as if your teeth don’t for together properly, you are likely to experience dental problems as well as a range of other symptoms.
If you have restorations such as crowns, bridges or implants already, our team will check all of these thoroughly to ensure that they are not damaged or compromised and require replacement.
Oral cancer screening is routinely performed at every comprehensive dental exam. Your face, neck, and mouth will be checked for any abnormalities that may warrant further investigation. The earlier oral cancers are detected, the more likely they are to be successfully treated.
We are committed to ensuring that you understand the best techniques for cleaning your teeth.
A professional clean. A deep clean is a crucial part of your comprehensive dental exam. While you undoubtedly do the best that you can when it comes to brushing your teeth, we have access to professional tools that can get into the tiny crevices that are often missed by regular toothbrushes and interdental brushes. We also have a better viewpoint with which to look at your teeth and spot those areas where your cleaning needs to be addressed. Our deep cleans go above and beyond any conventional cleaning, removing stubborn calculus and plaque and bacteria from below the gum line before it can cause decay and gum disease. We also work to remove any staining, leaving your teeth looking and feeling fantastic.
Our comprehensive dental exams go above and beyond the norm to ensure that our patients benefit from the very best oral health possible and a smile that they can be confident in sharing. To book your appointment with our experienced team, please contact our dental practice in Paducah, KY.