Comprehensive Dental Exams
Comprehensive dental exams are a necessary tool for preventative dental care. Not only do exams allow us to catch and curb any potential problems before they become difficult, they let us get to know you and your dental health better. This helps our dental team in Fargo, ND create a complete plan for the continuing care of your teeth.
Your Fargo Dentists for Dental Exams
For each exam we administer, we try to leave no stone unturned. That way, your Fargo dentist learns everything possible about your oral situation. We review your health and history; do an analysis of the hard and soft tissues in your mouth, head, and neck; and look at your teeth, your gums, and how your teeth function together (this is called occlusion). We also conduct an oral cancer screening and a radiographic exam, if necessary.
This exam will be repeated periodically as necessary. If the dentist recommends any specific care or treatment, the testing will be followed by a discussion that will help you make the best decision for your own dental health.
On occasion, we do enlist the help of certain dental and oral health specialists. These consultations, and any investigations that we undertake on your behalf, are all designed to lead to better treatment for you in the long run.
Elements of Comprehensive Dental Exams at Anderson Dental
Knowledge is power, so our goal at Anderson Dental in Fargo is to make sure you understand what your dental examination entails. To that end, here are some of the elements, or sub-examinations, that may make up your comprehensive dental exam:
Periodontal Exam: Examines the gums and bones supporting the teeth
Dental Exam: Looks at your actual teeth
Head and Neck Cancer Exam: Investigates the soft tissues of your mouth, throat, and surrounding structures
Occlusal Exam: Analyzes your bite
TMJ Exam: Looks at your jaw joints
Radiographic Exam: Includes x-rays and various scans
Salivary Function Exam: Looks at the quantity and quality of your saliva
Aesthetic Exam: Checks the appearance of teeth and gum as related to your face
Each of these elements can be done as a screening exam during one of your periodical visits, or as a complete exam by itself. Although a screening won’t go into depth in any one area, it is an acceptable and important part of any complete overall care regimen.
A Comprehensive Exam Offers More Than a Regular Check-Up
It’s true that the teeth and gums are evaluated at every check-up. However, there’s a lot more that can and should be done to determine the state of your dental health, and all this takes much longer than a regular check-up. We want to be thorough, and to make sure we miss nothing.
The purpose of the exam is to find out what’s healthy, and what’s not healthy, in your mouth – and then to determine the reasons why. Many aspects of your dental fitness may be examined to determine the reasons behind any discrepancies.
Your Fargo dentist will give you a general overview of what will be included in a comprehensive exam. However, deviations will appear, based on training, experience, and perhaps your dentist’s prior knowledge of your oral health to date. There’s so much to a comprehensive dental exam that each clinician performs a slightly different version of it.
When to Get a Comprehensive Dental Exam in Fargo
This answer is different for everyone. Your individual circumstances will determine when and how often you need a comprehensive dental exam. Dental disease is very predictable, which means that many of the problems associated with it are preventable with regular care. If you have a comprehensive dental exam done periodically, smaller issues can be discovered and treated before they develop into larger ones.
If you’re planning to have any major dental treatment done, a comprehensive dental exam is a good place to start. Even if you’re only concerned about a few teeth, it’s always a good idea to look at the big picture. Once you know what your overall oral situation is, you can make more informed choices about proceeding with treatment.
For example, you should consider a comprehensive dental examination if:
- You are considering any aesthetic changes to your smile.
- You are considering dental implants to replace lost teeth.
- You have old dental restorations that you would like to update.
- You are getting new dentures.
You should also consider getting a dental examination if you’ve been diagnosed with a medical problem or disease. Sometimes, contributing dental problems make other medical conditions worse. If this is the case, an exam can help determine what these problems are, and you can then receive treatment that will make your disease more manageable.
Contact Our Fargo Dentists for an Exam
This is the easy part. You can simply schedule your dental exam with one of our dentists in Fargo, ND by contacting us through our online form or calling 701-232-1368.
If you would like us to assist you with getting previous dental records and x-rays, to maximize your time with the dentist and aid with diagnosis, just let us know.