When it comes to dental health, regular exams are essential for maintaining good oral hygiene. A dental exam is a comprehensive evaluation of your mouth, teeth, and gums. It allows your dentist to detect any potential problems and provide the necessary treatment. During a dental exam, your dentist or hygienist will take x-rays of your mouth to get a detailed image of your teeth and gums.
They will also look for signs of oral cancer and other issues. At Beverly Dental Group, we have both dentists and hygienists on staff. The hygienist will document the exam, while only certified dentists can perform the exam itself. If it's been more than six months since your last dental exam and cleaning, it's time to call us and schedule an appointment. There are several types of dental exams that you may need depending on your individual needs.
Here are some of the most common types of dental exams:
Comprehensive ExamA comprehensive exam is a thorough evaluation of your mouth, teeth, and gums. During this type of exam, your dentist will check for cavities, gum disease, and other issues. They will also take x-rays to get a better look at any potential problems.
Periodic ExamA periodic exam is a routine checkup that is usually done every six months. They may also take x-rays to get a better look at any potential problems.
Emergency ExamAn emergency exam is done when you have an urgent dental issue that needs to be addressed right away.
This type of exam is usually done in cases where there is pain or swelling in the mouth or if there is an infection that needs to be treated immediately.