On your first visit, you will need to undergo a comprehensive oral exam so that we can get a complete and accurate idea about the state of your oral health.
After the initial exam, you will undergo periodic exams every 6 months. These exams are necessary in order for us to monitor any changes in your dental health.
Comprehensive exams can take a whole appointment to complete. You’ll understand the need for extra time when you realize the long list of areas we have to check when we do a comprehensive exam. The exam includes:
- Dental exam This checks the state of your teeth.
- Periodontal exam We take a closer look at your gums and the bones that support your teeth.
- TMJ exam The TMJ refers to the joints of your jaw.
- Occlusal exam We will analyze your bite, which means checking whether your upper and lower teeth meet properly when you bite.
- Salivary function exam This test checks your saliva.
- Esthetic exam Here we look at the quality of your smile and if needed, we determine possible ways to improve it.
- Head and neck cancer exam We look for initial signs of cancer in the soft tissues of your mouth, throat, and other relevant areas.
As you may have realized, this comprehensive exam is literally complete. We need to make sure that we know everything there is to know about your oral health, so that we can prevent potential problems and treat any oral problems you may have.
Ideally, the comprehensive dental exam should be done every 3 years. In addition, you also need to undergo such an exam if you are to receive the following treatments:
- New dentures
- Updates to old dental restorations
- Dental implants to replace missing teeth
- Various esthetic procedures designed to improve the quality of your smile.
If you have also been diagnosed with a disease or any serious medical condition, we may also need to perform a comprehensive exam to see how this condition has affected your dental health.