Examinations

Routine dental exams are generally performed twice per year and will include the following:

  • Review of diagnostic digital x-rays to detect decay (cavities), bone loss and dental abnormalities within the bone.  X-rays are also used to determine the position of teeth and roots that cannot be seen on examination.
  • Oral cancer screening is done to check lips, tongue, gums and tissues for any abnormalities that may indicate oral cancer or other disease.
  • Periodontal (gum) screening is done by checking the gums and bones, measuring depth of pockets and checking for bleeding to determine the presence of gum (periodontal) disease.
  • Clinical tooth examination will be done with dental instruments to check surfaces of teeth for any tooth decay or damage as well as looking at and monitoring the status of existing fillings, crowns or other restorations in your mouth.