Routine dental exams are important in maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Getting routine dental exams helps to avoid more costly dental procedures.
How it’s done:
- Our dentist performs a visual examination of your mouth.
- Then the dentist examines each individual tooth with an explorer and dental mirror for tooth decay, gum disease, and existing restoration.
- The dentist examines your soft tissue as well.
- Then we compare your dental history with your most recent visit. We also review any health changes since your last appointment.
Additionally, your dentist will take diagnostic x-rays to reveal any other hidden problems, especially in the areas below the gums.
The series of x-rays that are typically taken are:
- Bitewing x-rays are typically taken every 12 months
- Full-mouth series of x-rays are recommended every 3 years.
- Panorex/Panoramic x-rays, which revolve around the head, are taken every 3-5 years.
The Academy of General Dentistry recommends an examination of people of all ages at a minimum of two times per year.