Dental Exams and X-Rays
Alongside a dental cleaning every six months, you should also be receiving a dental exam at the same frequency. These exams are essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums, while saving you time, money, and discomfort associated with greater dental issues down the line. At the twice-yearly interval, we are typically able to identify and start treatment on most oral health issues while they are still in their infancy.
How it's done:
First Dr. Karbassi will examine your mouth visually, using tools such as mirrors and high-intensity lights. The doctor will be looking for cases of decay, cracks in the teeth, and will review other important information with you, such as:
- Medical history
- An oral cancer screening
- Gum disease evaluation
- Examination of existing dental restorations
Additionally, diagnostic x-rays will be taken in order to help reveal any issues with areas that are not visible to the naked eye, such as the roots or inside of the teeth. Bitewing x-rays are typically taken every 12 months and a panographic x-ray, which revolves around the head, is taken every 3-5 years.