What Happens During Dental Exams?
Home care routines are an important part of your oral health. However, they are not enough to guarantee optimal oral health status. As a result, regular dental exams are needed to supplement the benefits you get from your home care practices. The regular exams act as a preventative solution that helps to keep dental problems at bay. And in case of any dental health issues, these exams help in the early detection of the problems, thus ensuring they are treated before they become worse. At Portland City Dental we offer dental exams as part of a wide package of dental solutions. Below is what you can expect from us during these dental exams.
Examination of Your Teeth and Soft Tissues
One of the main things you can expect during a dental exam is the examination of your teeth and the soft tissues in your mouth. The examination is performed to evaluate your oral health status. It is during these exams that oral health problems (or their potential risks) are discovered. The examination is usually physical (using gloved hands) but can also involve the use of various dental imaging techniques, for example, intraoral camera examination.
Evaluation of Dental Restorations
If you have received any restorative dental procedures in the past, for example, dental implants, dental bonding, crowns, and veneers, etc., you can expect your regular dental visits to touch on this. These restorations will be assessed to ensure that they are in perfect condition and that there are no complications (or risks of complications).
When signs of a dental problem have been discovered during the physical examination or evaluation of your dental restoration, additional diagnostics might be required. Dental x-rays are the most common tool for additional and accurate diagnosis. Dental x-rays are also taken on a regular basis (about once a year) to help evaluate and track your dental health. At our office, we make use of digital x-rays, which are faster, more comfortable, expose you to less radiation, and provide us with more accurate and detailed dental images.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a serious and potentially fatal dental health problem that affects many people. It can go unnoticed until it has advanced greatly, which is what makes it fatal. However, early detection and treatment can help to overcome the condition. For this reason, as part of your regular dental visits, we offer oral cancer screening. The screening usually involves the physical examination of your oral soft tissues for signs of oral cancer. However, additional diagnostics using CT scans and biopsy test can also be offered when there are suspicious signs of the disease.
Teeth Cleaning and Stain Removal
Regular dental exams can also involve teeth cleaning and stain removal. Teeth cleaning is done to get rid of oral bacteria, thus prevent the occurrence of potential dental problems. Stain removal, on the other hand, helps to restore the natural look of your teeth, thus giving you a brighter smile.
Routine dental exams might seem unimportant, but they play a huge role in your oral health. Therefore, do not wait any longer if you have not had a dental exam recently. Call us, Portland City Dental at (503) 867-8124 today to schedule an appointment.