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Dental Exams

On your initial visit, the dentist will perform a complete dental examination. On subsequent, regular, check-up dental exams your dentist and/or your hygienist will include:

  • Examination by your dentist of diagnostic radiographs (x-rays) to evaluate tooth and root positions and to detect any decay, bone loss, tumors and cysts.
  • Screening for oral cancer by checking lips, tongue, gums, throat and other tissues for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Checking gums and bone around the teeth for an evaluation of gum disease.
  • Examination of the surfaces of all teeth to check for tooth decay, using special dental instruments.
  • Checking existing restoration surfaces for chips, cracks or other damage, including fillings, crowns and bridges.