A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by the dentist at your initial dental visit. This initial exam includes documenting the location of your existing teeth and filling locations. At regular check-up exams, the dentist and hygienist will include the following:
X-rays (radiographs): Used for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
Periodontal evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease.
Examination of teeth: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay.
Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc. for deterioration or recurrent decay.
Oral cancer screening: Check the lips, tongue and gum tissues for any signs of oral cancer.