importance of the dental exam?
is important to attend a dentist on a regular basis as
any potential problems will be identified early and appropriate
action taken. Tooth decay can, if left untreated, cause
the total loss of a tooth within a year. For this reason
it is important to attend every 6 months but at a maximum
once per year.
will the dentist do at the examination?
they check your teeth for cavities and broken fillings
or crowns. Dental decay may appear as a hole or
sometimes as a dark shadow underneath the surface
of the enamel. If there is a hole in a tooth the
dentist may place a temporary filling to stop food
accumulating in it.
dentist will then check the gums and your general oral
hygiene to ensure there are no problems there. They may
use a special probe to test the depth of the pockets around
your teeth in order to detect gum disease early.
the soft tissues are checked for ulcerations or other
lesions. The dentist may also check the jaws and associated
dentist may then take radiographs if necessary. Usually
two small radiographs of your back teeth are taken every
two years or when you attend a new dentist. These show
any hidden decay between the teeth and the level of the
bone which may indict periodontal disease.