DENTAL EXAMS AND X-RAYS
Patients are strongly encouraged to participate in dental check-ups every 6 months. Along with a dental cleaning, a dental exam and x-rays may be performed. These procedures allow Dr. Yoon to maintain your oral health, prevent issues, and detect any early onset problems. Putting off routine cleanings can result in damage to teeth and a costly visit that could have been easily avoided.
What to Expect
First, a visual examination will occur. Dr. Yoon will utilize dental tools during the exam while looking for signs of decaying or cracked teeth, among other things. Some of these dental tools include high-intensity lights and small mouth mirrors.
· Medical History: It is important to disclose your medical history and medications that are currently being taken. Several medical conditions and/or illnesses can negatively impact your oral health.
· Periodontal Evaluation: The gums and bone surrounding teeth will be assessed for any signs of gum disease.
· Oral Cancer Screen: Oral cancer can occur in the tongue, throat, gums, tissues, lips, neck, and even your face. All of these areas will be checked thoroughly during your exam. Oral cancer like all cancers, can result in loss of life if not detected and treated.
· Existing Restorations: Fillings, crowns, and other restorations may wear or crack over time. Your dentist will make sure they are still intact and in proper condition.
Diagnostic x-rays reveal hidden issues that can not always be detected visually. Although twice yearly check-ups are encouraged, bitewing x-rays are typically only taken once a year. A panographic x-ray revolves around a patient’s head. This kind of x-ray is taken less frequently, every 3-5 years.
Please call our office today to schedule your next exam. Your mouth will thank you!