Regardless of your reason for visiting our office, the dental examination is a very important part of the process of establishing the nature and cause of your concerns. At Fairmount Dental we’ll tailor our examinations on individual needs.
If you are a new patient to our clinic, we’ll be offering a comprehensive examination. This is a systematic process designed to acquire as much relevant information as possible. It is common to begin with a review of your general health and possible conditions or medication that may have an impact on your oral health. Further, an external evaluation of your face, neck, head muscles and jaws will be conducted.
Inside your mouth, we’ll be evaluating the overall condition of your tissues (including tongue, roof of your mouth, the inside of your cheeks), the size, shape and harmony of your dental arches. We’ll evaluate the bite and observe for any signs of destructive habits like grinding and clenching.
Only then, we’ll turn our attention towards your gums and teeth. The dentist will be checking for any signs of gum disease and your dentition will be carefully evaluated for cavities, cracks, chips, old deficient restorations or possible ill-fitting teeth replacements.
During a dental exam, the dentist will likely discuss your diet and oral hygiene habits and might demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. Other topics for discussion might include lifestyle factors that can affect oral health and possible cosmetic improvements to your teeth.
Not always, but most of the times X-rays will be recommended to supplement and complement the intra oral findings. Again, since every individual is different, the type of x-rays recommended for each particular patient will vary.
Some special conditions may require additional diagnostic tests, like, for example a vitality test to determine if a particular tooth is healthy or not, or perhaps, diagnostic impressions and photographs to further evaluate the case and to facilitate the treatment planning.
The ultimate goal of a dental examination is to provide you with the best solution and the treatment options for your specific case. Usually, Dr. Marius Caragea will list a few different scenarios and together, you and him, will decide on the path you need to follow to maintain or improve your oral health.
Dental Implants Complete Your Smile
If you're missing one or more teeth and would like to fill the gap with the most natural-looking, comfortable solution possible, you'll be interested in hearing about dental implants.
If you have a hard time with your existing tooth/teeth replacement and are looking for other options, implants might be the solution for you.
All treatments at Fairmount Dental provided by a general dentist.