A doctor's exam or a dental examination is performed by a dentist to check on the health of a patient's teeth and gums. If a patient is visiting for the first time, they may receive a thorough cleaning, which is also called prophylaxis. During their exam, the dentist will look for signs of decay, damage, or disease in the mouth.
While dental exams are a crucial aspect of maintaining healthy teeth and gums, the frequency with which you should be examined can vary on a case-by-case basis. Generally, it is recommended that you have an oral examination at least once every six months. More frequent visits may be recommended depending on your oral health habits, age, and any issues affecting your oral health.
What Can You Expect At An Oral Examination?
Medical History Review
The dentist will ask you about your medical history. They will want to know if you smoke or drink alcohol, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and if you have had any surgeries.
The dentist will also review any medications and supplements you are taking. Some medications, including antihistamines and certain antidepressants, can dry out the mouth and affect your oral health.
Oral Cancer Screening
During your oral examination, your dentist will perform a cancer screening to check for signs of oral cancer. This may be done during your routine cleaning, or the dentist may ask you to return later for another appointment.
Gum Disease Evaluation
During your dental exam, we'll check the health of your gums. We'll also check for any signs of gum disease.
A periodontal evaluation includes measuring the depth of your gum pockets. These deep crevices form when gums pull away from teeth, setting the stage for gum disease. If we find gum pockets, we'll recommend non-surgical treatment.
Examination of Tooth Surfaces
The dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for signs of problems. The dentist may also take X-rays to look for hidden problems that are not visible during a visual exam.
Examination of Existing Restorations
Your dentist will examine all current restorations, including fillings, crowns, veneers, and bridges. They will also check the condition of any teeth that are at risk for tooth decay or gum disease.
Your dentist will also examine your bite, looking for any abnormalities that might cause future problems.
Finally, your dentist will use an intraoral camera to take pictures of your teeth. These images will help your dentist monitor any changes in your oral health over time.
Perform Dental Cleaning
During your cleaning, we will remove common plaque and tartar buildup. We will also floss your teeth and apply fluoride to help protect your teeth against decay.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Gorham & Ammarell Dentistry, call (615) 327-4914 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 124 30th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203.