Comprehensive Exams & Radiographs

Comprehensive Exams & Radiographs

Preventive Care

Your smile and oral health can affect your overall health. We recommend visiting your dentist at least every 6 months to maintain dental health. Seeing your dentist and dental hygienist regularly allows them to closely monitor your oral health. This may help limit the need for lengthy procedures and prevent tooth pain.

It is recommended that for your initial examination we do a comprehensive examination which includes a full mouth set of radiographs (x-rays).

At all initial and follow-up hygiene appointments, the dentist and hygienist will perform the following:

-Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs)- Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
-Oral cancer screening- Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
-Gum disease evaluation- check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
-Examination of tooth decay- All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
-Examination of existing restoration- Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

Digital Radiographs

We take digital radiographs in our office. Digital Radiography or Digital X-rays have revolutionized dentistry. Digital radiographs are taken using a digital sensor and computer as compared to traditional radiographs which are taken using film.

The facts about Digital Radiographs are impressive:
- There is a 90 percent reduction in the amount of radiation needed.
- The radiographs are stored electronically and remain the same quality as opposed to film which changes color with time.
-Taking digital radiographs takes less time and can be instantly viewed on a computer screen.
-Digital radiographs can be enhanced on the computer screen. Images may be enlarged, lightened, and darkened. This contributes to an accurate diagnosis and allows us to easily display images to discuss.
-X-ray films require chemical processing. Digital radiographs require no harmful, caustic chemicals. This creates a healthier dental environment, and because chemical disposal isn't necessary, helps protect the natural environment.