The best way to keep your smile healthy and keep whole-body health in-check is through regular oral exams. These dental exams are generally performed at your biannual cleanings and often include dental x-rays for deep preventative care.
You can avoid dental emergencies and other costly and sometimes life-changing issues with regular, proactive oral exams.
There are five primary types of oral exams:
1. Comprehensive oral exam
A comprehensive exam simply refers to the first check-up a patient has with a new dentist, like when a new patient comes into Mark C. Marchbanks, D.D.S. for our web special.
2. Regular oral exam
Regular exams are part of your biannual teeth cleanings. Most patients don’t even realize the exam is taking place on visits where x-rays aren’t needed.
3. Limited oral exam
This is what we call the “problem focused” exam. When a patient comes in with a specific issue, like a dental filling that’s damaged or a toothache, we ask questions relating to the symptoms and take a deeper look into what could be going on in that tooth or part of the mouth.
4. Follow-up exam
Just like the name would suggest, after many dental procedures, a follow-up evaluation is scheduled so Dr. Marchbanks, dentist in Arlington TX, can check on how dental work has healed.
5. Pediatric oral exams for kids
When your kids come in for a teeth cleaning, they’ll usually receive the regular oral exam as well. Even before they have regular cleanings, however, the ADA recommends kids come in for oral exams starting at 12 months (and every six months after that). This helps children build confidence at the dentist’s office and helps us monitor teeth coming in.
Ask us to learn more about pediatric dentistry and teeth cleanings for kids.
When are oral exams done?
Oral exams happen at every cleaning to check for signs of cavities and even oral cancer. They’re also performed when a patient comes in with problems, such as a toothache or a damaged filling.
A regular oral exam is also a great opportunity to come in and ask questions whenever a patient has concerns.
Even patients who no longer have natural teeth have to come in for regular oral exams. Not only does this help maintain the health of their gums and the condition of any dental implants or dentures, it also continues lifelong screenings for oral cancer.
Dental x-rays are a regular part of oral exams
Dental x-rays are critical for the diagnosis of oral health problems, especially tooth decay. X-rays can also be used to plan dental implants, reveal signs of cysts and oral cancers, and check for bone loss in the jaw.
The x-ray equipment at Mark C. Marchbanks, D.D.S. has the lowest radiation possible to keep families safe and at ease. X-rays are taken at comprehensive oral exams as well as periodically at regular exams.
If you have questions about x-rays or oral exams, reach out to us today.