Do you Need Dental Exams and X-Rays
Dental exams are processes that help us understand the status of our patients’ oral health. With this understanding, we prepare a suitable treatment plan and execute the same after communicating with the patient. A number of tests and diagnostic procedures are followed to identify potential dental problems. Our Yorba Linda dental office is equipped with a range of equipment and tools that help us in spotting oral health problems. Early intervention and comprehensive dental treatment can cure the problems and make sure that they do not reoccur. Therefore, successful accomplishment of good oral health in our patients is possible only through accurate dental examinations and diagnostics.
Dental examination – How it is done?
The first and foremost thing a dentist does during a routine dental visit is thorough oral examination. Questions about medical history and oral health are asked during the course. This helps dentists understand if there are any potential risks to oral health. Based on the analysis from questionnaire, the dentist may be more concerned about particular areas. For example: certain medicines may cause dry mouth in patients. In such cases, dentists may look out for signs of decay. Tools such as a dental mirror, explorers and the periodontal probe may be used during the course to check the status of teeth and gums. The dentist sets a treatment plan based on the findings from oral health examination. Teeth may require restoration, gums may require reshaping or both teeth and gums may be perfectly ok but some changes in hygiene habits may be necessary. The dentist takes necessary steps and keeps the patients well informed about oral care.
Dental X-rays and Tests
A variety of tests may be performed based on the oral health of the patient. Dentists look for signs of dental infection, check for oral cancer indications and see if there is malocclusion. Impressions of teeth, images and X-rays may be taken during the process based on the condition of the teeth and gums. X-rays play a major role in dentistry in identifying tooth decay and infections that cannot be seen through naked eyes. Decay locked between two teeth, infected pulp, teeth abscess, cyst formation and oral cancer can all be identified through dental X-rays. Dentists perform a benefit-risk analysis before recommending X-rays. The examination is suggested after considering the frequency of the examination performed previously and the signs of the potential dental problem.
Dental X-rays help our team in early detection of infection. The equipment is very effective in finding out the position and status of teeth in supporting bone structure. Thanks to this equipment, we have been successful in preventing dental problems in many of our patients from Placentia, Yorba Linda and surrounding communities. Dental X-rays are considered to be one of the most important tools for offering better dental care.