Our clinic provides a variety of routine examination procedures for patients concerned about their oral health. When you visit us for the first time, we will take the necessary radiographs and do any preliminary tests needed in order to assess your dental health and diagnose any treatment you may need.
A thorough dental cleaning is a routine part of the initial exam. We will ask you questions about your general and dental history to help us understand your wants and needs. It is best to know as much as possible about a patient’s past dental challenges or concerns, and we gather this information as soon as a new patient joins us.
It is important to properly identify and diagnose any onset of disease or infection early. In order to do this, we provide mandatory dental exams to ensure a patient’s oral health. For new patients a routine dental examination will usually consist of:
Examination of diagnostic x-rays
During your dental exam, our dentists will take x-rays of your teeth so we can screen for potential cavities or problems within the teeth, gums, and jaw bones.
Radiographs are necessary as a lot of what happens in the mouth is unseen, hidden within the teeth themselves. Your dentist is able to identify any signs of infection or even bone loss in the jaw. Radiographs can be used to assess whether adult teeth are coming in correctly in children. In young adults, radiographs are essential when identifying the position of impacted wisdom teeth and whether or not they necessitate removal.
If you are missing teeth, dental radiographs can help in assessing whether there is sufficient bone for implant placement or if a bone graft is required.
Radiographs are routinely taken as part of the bi-annual cleaning and are used to monitor the health of your teeth. After your radiographs, your dentist will discuss the findings and any treatment options if needed.