Dental Exams

At your first dental visit a total dental examination will be done by your dentist. At that time and at following regular checkup exams your checkup will include:

– Diagnostic x-rays (radiographs) : to find decay, tumours, cysts, bone loss and tooth positions. How often you need to have x-rays also depends on your oral health. A healthy adult who has not had cavities or other problems for a couple of years probably won’t need x-rays at every appointment. If your dental situation is less stable and your dentist is monitoring your progress, you may require more frequent x-rays. If you are not sure why a particular x-ray is being taken, ask your dentist. Remember that dental x-rays deliver very little radiation; they are a vital tool for your dentist to ensure that small problems don’t develop into bigger ones.

  • Oral cancer screening: to examine your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Periodontal assessment to examine signs of gingivitis or periodontitis.
  • Investigation into tooth surfaces to examine for decay.
  • Investigation of existing restorations to assess wear and decay.