The oral dental examination focuses on reviewing the patient's past medical records and understanding his unique oral health goals. The oral exam's highlight consists of three key processes: the X-ray examination, panoramic X-ray examination, and teeth cleaning. These together help in detecting the problems and devising an appropriate treatment plan.
What happens during an X-ray examination?
Radiograph examination identifies dental problems that are not easily identified with naked eyes during a regular oral exam. It helps in determining the following issues:
- Abscess pockets present near the tooth roots.
- Tumors and abnormal growths in the mouth, neck or head that may indicate the presence of oral cancer
- Tooth decay present in interdental regions.
- Infection present in the pulp chamber, which causes severe gum diseases.
- Malocclusion or misalignment of the bite.
- Impacted teeth can be identified.
- Evaluate the state of already existing dental restorations.
What happens during a panoramic X-ray examination?
A panoramic X-ray examination helps in developing a wraparound digital image of the facial structure. It provides a comprehensive and thorough view through a single image. Panoramic X-rays are used to:
- Identify sinusitis.
- Examine patients suffering from gag reflex.
- Detect oral cancer.
- Evaluate the progression of jaw disorders like TMD.
- Detect abnormal growths like tumors and lesions.
- Detect the presence of impacted canines and wisdom teeth.
- Determine the presence of gum recession and bone loss in the oral cavity.
- Determine the correct development of permanent teeth and the appearance of extra or missing teeth.
- Design a treatment plan for orthodontic appliances dentures, braces, implants, and tooth extraction.
- Create a plan for cosmetic enhancements.
What happens during a dental cleaning?
A good oral care regimen followed at home helps in keeping your teeth healthy and bright. However, a professional dental cleaning is recommended twice a year. During a professional dental cleaning, plaque and tartar deposits are cleaned using a scaling instrument. The scaling tool scrapes away plaque from both above and below the gumline. Timely professional dental cleanings prevent the onset of periodontal diseases.
Historic Hyde Park Dentistry has been transforming smiles for Decades. Dr. Lori, along with her team, uses state-of-the-art technology to dental problems and reconstruct malaligned teeth to provide aesthetic and healthy smiles. For inquiries & appointments, please reach out to us at 813-253-3041. You can also visit our office at 612 West De Leon Street, in Tampa, FL 33606.