Without question, the twice-daily brushing and flossing is truly vital to high-level oral health but so are the bi-annual professional cleanings and examinations which are recommended by the American Dental Association. These exams are the easiest and most efficient way to find oral cavity anomalies which might warrant further evaluation. While many patients have a great deal of anxiety about going to the dentist, it is incredibly important they have their teeth cleaned and examined. Early detection is so vital to the proper and successful treatment of cavities, oral cancer, tooth decay, and gum disease.
If these conditions and diseases go unnoticed it will only mean more expensive and invasive surgeries will be required which will only increase the anxiety certain patients will feel. Come in today for a cleaning and examination at Excel Dental. We will check the oral pathology to determine if it is changing and professionally clean and examine your teeth. Come in today.
Are Dental Exams Really That Important?
Most patients instantly picture painful instruments jabbed into their gums repeatedly, but the examinations could not be further from the truth. They are painless. There is mild discomfort while tartar is removed by the use of a scaler. This is necessary in order to clean those deposits from both above and below the gumline. Patients need to understand what while there may be some discomfort associated with the exam it is nothing compared to the potential invasive procedures which may be necessary if tooth decay sets in destroying soft tissue and tooth enamel. Avoiding the exams and cleanings, patients are merely delaying more painful and more invasive procedures later on down the line.
What Happens During an Exam?
For those patients who are unfamiliar with exams, we will begin by gathering a complete medical history which will include prescribed medications and pre-existing conditions which can affect the recommended treatment by our staff. With this information, our staff can correctly perform an exam. We will know what to look for based on the patient’s history.
Once that information is collected, we will begin with an examination which includes the mouth, jaw, face, and even neck. Typically, we will be watching for any discolored patches, ulcers, and diminished range of motion. X-rays are a standby during the examination. They provide invaluable information when assessing the patient.
An oral cancer screening will also be performed at this appointment. This is due to the fact that early detection is so important to the treatment outcome and any further issues that could arise. For those times where we do find something, we think might need more evaluation, we will take a biopsy of the tissue and have it analysed before coming up with a treatment plan for the patient.
Patients in need of a dental exam should come into our office and get answers to their questions. We can talk about sedation dentistry and the benefits for those patients anxious about getting an exam done. Come to our office Excel Dental for an examination. We can also be reached by phone. Give us a call today at (360) 369-3930to schedule the appointment for your examination.