The aim of a dental examination is to look for and detect any signs of disease or other problems, so that they can be treated as soon as possible to prevent any potential problems becoming more serious at a later stage.
A comprehensive check-up involves the following:
1. Medical History
On the initial visit a full medical history will be taken. This will also be checked and updated on subsequent visits.
A thorough exam of the teeth, gums, cheeks, roof and floor of mouth (including oral cancer screening). Areas of the face around the mouth are also examined.
3. X-rays & Special Tests:
Depending on (age), risk of disease and symptoms, x-rays may be recommended. X-rays can diagnose problems that may otherwise go unnoticed, for example, decay between teeth.
The most common types of x-rays include:
Bite–wing: X-ray that checks between teeth. Very useful for detecting decay between teeth
Periapicals: X-ray of the whole tooth including the crown, root and surrounding tissues.
OPG: This is a larger scanning x-ray that covers whole mouth including all the teeth, gums, upper and lower jaws and other surrounding structures.
For advanced or extensive treatment, a separate treatment planning appointment is required.