Exams

Comprehensive Dental Exam

  • Medical and dental history
  • Interview the patient regarding past, present, and future desires and concerns with respect to their dental condition and needed treatment
  • A screening examination and evaluation of the occlusion (bite)
    (screening for bruxism, excessive wear patterns on teeth, malocclusion, etc.)
  • A comprehensive periodontal examination
    (pocket, depth, mobility, furcation involvement, recession, tissue evaluation)
  • Decay detection and caries risk assessment
  • Evaluation of dental restorations
  • Oral cancer screening augmented with Velscope
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Dental radiographs (x-rays) if needed
    (usually a full mouth series - 7 to 8 vertical bitewings and a panoramic image)
  • A series of photographs of the patient’s teeth
  • An explanation of the findings along with a treatment plan

Periodic Dental Exam

  • Review medical and dental history
  • Interview the patient regarding any new desires and concerns with respect to their dental condition and needed treatment
  • A periodontal disease screening
  • Decay detection and caries risk assessment
  • Evaluation of dental restorations
  • Oral cancer screening augmented with Velscope
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Dental radiographs (x-rays) if needed
    (7 to 8 vertical bitewings annually, full mouth series every 3 to 5 years)
  • Update photographs of the patient’s teeth as needed
  • An explanation of the findings along with a treatment plan

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