Preventative care is crucial in preventing dental problems from occurring or getting worse. Oral exams are part of a comprehensive preventative care regimen that helps patients to have beautiful, healthy smiles for life. It is advised that you have a dental exam done every six months along with x-rays and a dental cleaning. At Ramona Dental Group, we are able to help with scheduling your appointments and providing you with a comfortable, informative exam.
What is an Oral Exam and What Does it Involve?
An oral exam is performed by one of our dentists as part of your preventative care regimen. It is important to have these exams done twice a year to check for issues that might be present. Exams are crucial in identifying problems that would otherwise go unnoticed until they were able to get much worse. For example, an oral exam can detect decay while it is still in its early stages and before the tooth in question requires a root canal or extraction.
Oral exams involve the dentist using an instrument to check for signs of decay and loose fillings, crowns and bridge work. If you wear appliances like dentures, partials or if you’ve had implants, these will also be checked during an exam to ensure they are still in viable shape. The oral exam also involves a cancer screening, which can help to detect oral cancer before it is allowed to spread.
Why are Dental Exams Important?
There are many reasons why a dental exam is important and why dental professionals recommend them twice a year. Some of these reasons include:
- Exams check for signs of decay
- Exams are crucial in checking for oral cancer
- Exams can detect loose fillings, crowns and bridge work
- Exams are essential in checking for signs of bone loss
If you are in need of an oral exam, contact us today!