Comprehensive Dental Exam

A┬ácomprehensive exam lays the foundation for excellent dental care. Here you will experience the easy, gentle way to painless dental health.We recommend a “comprehensive dental exam” for all patients that are new to a practice and for “established” patients, those who are already in the practice, every three years.

The mouth is really a window into the body. Medical conditions may be discovered by a comprehensive dental exam before symptoms show up elsewhere in the body. By doing a comprehensive exam, we can together devise a strategy for long-term health and comfort.

Cavities are one of the few diseases that can be totally prevented with good oral health care.

The comprehensive exam involves:

  • Prescriptions
  • Extensive medical and dental history
  • Review of any medications patient is taking
  • Blood pressure for all adult patients
  • Cancer screen for oral cancer involving:
  • Visual and digital examination of lymph nodes in front of the ears; behind the ears; jaw area; beneath the chin; and neck area looking for pain, tenderness, and flexibility of the nodes
  • Visual and digital examination of the lips (inside and out); inside the mouth including: hard and soft palate, behind the molars, floor of the mouth, lips, borders, frenum, surfaces of the checks, tongue size, color, shape and position.
  • Full Periodontal Exam and Charting
  • Limited occlusal examination (a bit screening)
  • TMJ screening