What to Expect During Your Dental ExamThe first step to any exam will be our trained staff of professionals asking about any health problems or issues you may have that have been bothering you recently. A list of recently used medications may be requested from you as well. After your routine cleaning we will evaluate your risk of tooth decay and bone or gum disease. Sometimes factors that you might not consider can cause issues in your mouth.
Gum disease can be a side effect of medical conditions like diabetes. Likewise, conditions like arthritis can make proper oral care near impossible by causing so much discomfort during your daily oral care routine that it can prevent you from properly reaching all the areas of your mouth that you must. We have solutions to any issues you may have with your oral health or daily hygiene habits so please feel free to let us know about any difficulties you might be having.
Checking your jaw for proper bite is also something that we will frequently look for. If your teeth aren’t aligned properly it can cause a shift in the placement of your teeth and can easily lead to issues like tooth chipping, cracking, and jaw pain. If you have prosthetic replacements like dentures, bridges, or implants the dental exam is a chance to discuss how they fit and any sort of need for re-adjustments.
If you have any questions about proper at-home cleaning techniques, the dental exam is a great time to ask. Further, if you have any questions about diet of the use of tobacco products and other such factors we are happy to lend any advice or guidance we can.
Dental X-raysA big part of your examination will be an X-ray. In order to get a more in-depth look at your teeth and any sort of decay that might be lurking below the surface or otherwise undetectable due to placement or size of a dental issue, we will take X-rays to give us great insight to your dental health. Now we have the use of special tools like Digital X-rays and the DEXIS CariVu to give us a wider variety of exam options for your mouth.
Digital X-rays give a great alternative to traditional X-rays for a bevy of reasons. With a digital X-ray the patient is exposed to 90% less radiation than a traditional X-ray and the image quality higher. Further, it take almost no time at all to process and view the X-ray resulting in fast answers to any and all questions that may arise during your exam.
The DEXIS CariVu system is less invasive than either traditional or digital X-rays and can provide an unparalleled level of understanding of your current oral health.
If it’s time for your bi-annual visit to see Dr. Tufarolo please give us a call at (425) 405-6400 to schedule your exam today. We can’t wait to help you attain your perfect smile!