What do you mean by Dental Examination?
The dental examination is an important element of preventive health care. During a dental examination, a dentist normally will clean the patient’s teeth and inspect for any cavities or gum diseases. The dentist will also check for any risk of any oral health issues that can appear on the patient’s face, neck and mouth by checking for any abnormalities.
The dentist usually utilizes dental X-rays and other diagnostic procedures for diagnosis purposes.
The dentist might discuss the diet and other oral hygiene habits of the patient. They might also walk the patient through the right brushing and flossing techniques. They will also include the patient’s lifestyle factors that might affect the oral health. They might suggest cosmetic improvements that they can do to the patient’s teeth for a better aesthetics.
Reason for Dental Examinations
It is recommended that everyone go through regular dental examinations to protect their oral health and general well being. The dentist on conducting a dental examination on a patient can provide tips to take care of their teeth and for early detection of any issues that will harm the teeth so that they can also treat them early.
Adults are recommended to have schedule and regular dental examinations. These regular dental appointments are also recommended for patients without natural teeth. Since this will help the dentist to maintain the health and usefulness of the replacement teeth also.
Dental Examination Process
The patient can expect the following during a dental examination.
Dental Examination Procedures
The different procedures that the dentists utilize during a dental examination are:
Dental X-ray: helps the dentist to view detailed images of the mouth. The dentist might use any of the following dental X-ray types depending on the use:
Oral Cancer Exam: The dentist will check for any signs of oral cancer in the patient by checking and feeling under the jaw, sides of the neck and insides of the lips and cheeks. They will also check the sides of the tongue, the roof and floor of the mouth.
Dental Impression: The dentist might make a dental impression of the jaws to get a replica of the patient’s teeth and oral tissue. This impression will help the dentist to check the patient’s bite to make a mouthguard or bleaching trays.
Authored By Dr Sanjay N - Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Bangalore