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Dental Exam

A dentist talking with a young woman in exam chairWhen a dental appointment is made for an exam, you can expect it to cover everything concerning your teeth and gums. Normally, your dental exam will take place every six months. Having a dental exam is very important for your oral health because it can help prevent further issues from coming up later.

After you schedule the exam, it will be conducted by both a dentist and a hygienist. After the dentist conducts and finishes the exam, they will have the hygienist perform a dental cleaning. When you get in touch with our Greenway Family Dental dental professionals, they will conduct a thorough exam right from the start.

What Takes Place During Your Exam?

A good reason to have a dental exam is so that any medical condition that comes up can be taken care of at that moment. If there are any symptoms showing, then the dentist will be able to address these after the exam. Having the ability to pinpoint problems early on makes the exam even more necessary.

Disclosing Your Medical History

Your dentist will sit down with you to obtain your medical history if you are a new patient. You will be asked about your current health and any medications that you are taking. If you are a returning patient, they will update your history with any changes.

It is important for your dentist to have your complete medical history. Having the complete history will help eliminate any complications later on. The history will also guide your dentist through your exam.

Checking The Teeth And Gums

As your dentist examines each tooth, they will use a mirror tool to view all angles of the tooth and be able to see cavities developing and any changes in the dentin and enamel. Checking the dentin will ensure that it remains hard. When the dentin remains hard it will be able to keep the tooth protected.

By having your dental exam conducted routinely, it will check for gum issues involving sores, blisters, redness, or swelling. The periodontal pockets will also be measured. When the periodontal pockets are at least three millimeters, it may be a sign of periodontitis.

Feeling And Observing For Oral Cancer

Initially, oral cancer may not be noticeable at first. This is why your dentist needs to conduct a visual exam and feel around to discover any abnormalities within the oral cavity. Your dentist will be looking specifically for blockages, ulcers, sores, lesions, and bleeding.

Ruling Out Diabetes

If bad breath and gum infection is present, then it may also be a sign of diabetes. Oftentimes an individual with diabetes will have a continuous amount of oral issues surrounding the gums. This is due to their body's decreased ability to defend itself against germs and infection.

X-rays Will Be Taken

When dental X-rays are taken, they will allow your dentist to have a complete view of your teeth and gums. They will also help your dentist see what is happening below the gum line. An x-ray is an invaluable tool that can help spot issues that need to be treated and thus detecting any is vital in the treatment one needs.

Get In Touch With Us Today

If you are concerned about your oral health, or simply believe it is time to have a professional evaluation of your dental hygiene it would be pertinent to make an appointment with one of our skilled doctors of dentistry here at Greenway Family Dental, we can be reached at (623) 500-6122 and look forward to working with you!

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Greenway Family Dental
15409 W Greenway Rd, Suite 100
Surprise, AZ 85374
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