The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist at least twice a year. Regular exams are important to assess possible problems such as gum disease, oral cancer, and cavity development.
Your comprehensive dental exam will include:
- 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:
All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
- Examination of existing restorations:
Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
Catching problems early prevents bigger problems from developing which usually ends of saving you both time and money.