A comprehensive exam involves the doctor examining your x-rays and inside of your mouth to see the current status and need of each tooth, the gums, and your bone. This is advised to be done before treatment and during treatment if the condition of teeth change.
How do I know I may need this?
If you have not had an exam within the last year
If you have not been to the dentist for an extended amount of time
If you have teeth that are bothering you
If you are experiencing problems with eating or chewing
What to expect?
During a comprehensive exam, a doctor will be looking in your mouth and will examine the x-rays that were taken. They will be checking the condition of your gums, bone and teeth, as well as deciding treatment to correct any problems. This will give you a clear picture as to what your current oral condition is. Having a comprehensive exam is very important in finding potential problems as a lot of dental work can be prevented if identified soon enough.
After you have completed your comprehensive exam, you will know what work needs to be done to better your oral health. You need to have an active role in your oral health and actively see the dentist to have preventative and corrective services done. There is nothing more we want to see than a healthy mouth!