Dental Exams In Calgary


Dental Exams

The importance of routine dental exams should not be underestimated. Your oral health is an important part of your overall wellbeing, and dental exams allow your dental professional to detect any potential issues in their earliest stages when they are easier and less expensive to treat. It is recommended to schedule an appointment every six months to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.

During your checkup, your dentist will examine your mouth carefully to evaluate your overall oral hygiene and review the risk of tooth or root decay, gum disease, and bone disease. It will be at this time that your dentist determines if any treatment is required.

Dental Exam

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include 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. Gum issues such as inflammation or periodontal pockets (spaces surrounding the teeth, under the gum line, which can fill with bacteria). The gums and bone surrounding the teeth will be checked for signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Condition of previous dental work: A comprehensive review of previous dental work such as fillings, crowns, or implants to ensure they are all in good condition.
  • Signs of Tooth grinding: Also known as bruxism, which can not only damage teeth, but cause headache and jaw pain or even lead to tooth loss.
  • Signs of bleeding or inflammation: Inspection on your tongue, the roof or floor of your mouth. Bleeding of inflammation could be a cause for discomfort or be a sign of more serious problems.
  • TMD and TMJ The function of the temporomandibular joint, which joins your jaw and skull.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
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    As part of your exam, your dentist will take x-rays (radiographs) which provide an analysis of parts of the mouth that are normally hidden from view. These x-rays allow for the detection of cysts, tumours, decay, and bone loss. They are also useful for determining tooth and root positions.

    Another important part of your dental exam involves an oral cancer screening, which includes an examination of the neck, jaw, tongue, roof and floor of the mouth, inside of the lips, and cheeks. Your dentist will be looking for early signs and symptoms including:

    • Lumps and rough spots
    • Red or white sores or spots
    • Bleeding sores that are not healing as expected
    • Pain, tender spots, or numbness anywhere in your mouth
    • Difficulty with normal functioning such as swallowing or chewing

    Other elements may be warranted, based on the individual. For example, if you wear a nightguard due to the grinding of your teeth, it will be examined to ensure that it is functioning as intended.

    Dental exams will provide your dentist with the information needed to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy, benefiting your overall health. It will also help pinpoint any weaknesses in your oral health routine so that you can properly care for your teeth between visits.

    For more information about how regular dental exams can benefit you, contact us today and we will be happy to answer your questions.

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