Comprehensive Dental Exams
At Dr. C. Brigg Neibaur’s dental practice, we are dedicated in making sure that our patients maintain excellent oral health. And one of the best ways to achieve this is by performing a comprehensive dental exam.
A comprehensive dental exam is crucial to maintaining the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. It enables us to detect dental health problems as early as possible. Remember that even seemingly trivial oral health issues can become much more serious later on when left undiscovered and untreated. Signs of impending oral health issues may also be found and such findings can lead to preventive measures that can keep these problems from coming up in the first place.
A comprehensive dental exam is wholly extensive, and it evaluates the overall health of your mouth and the parts inside including the teeth and the gums. It’s the urgent recommendation of the American Dental Association that everyone should get this exam on their first visit to the dentist. You should also receive one every 3 years.
With a dental exam, you can reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease through timely intervention. In addition, even the chances of getting heart disease can be reduced by what we find out through our comprehensive dental exams. We also check for the early signs of oral cancer, so that a diagnosis can be done quickly and a treatment can be started before the condition gets worse.
What Happens When You Get a Comprehensive Exam?
The dentist will thoroughly check your teeth, gums, and mouth, and even your head and neck as well.
- Your teeth will be carefully examined for any signs of tooth decay.
- The chances of gum disease will be evaluated.
- The dentist will also look for any early signs of oral cancer.
- Your bite will be analyzed.
- Your jaw joints will be inspected.
- The dentist will test your saliva function.
- X-rays will be taken of the structures inside your mouth.
We will discuss with you your dental health aims and what habits you should develop to achieve them. You’ll also get several helpful suggestions on how you can keep your smile healthy.
If any issues are uncovered during the comprehensive dental exam, you and your dentist can discuss and develop a suitable treatment plan that meets all your needs. A follow-up visit to our office may also be scheduled.
It’s imperative that you get a comprehensive dental exam, especially if you haven’t received one within the last 3 years. The exam can discover dental health issues that may have been overlooked for the last few years. The comprehensive dental exam can also find signs of incoming medical and dental health issues of particular measures aren’t implemented.
Please give us a call if you haven’t had a comprehensive dental exam in a long while. We can set up an appointment that’s convenient for you, so that you can receive the dental checkup you need to maintain your oral health.