During a dental exam, our dentist will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. Our dentist will also evaluate your risk of developing other oral health problems, as well as check your face, neck, and mouth for abnormalities. A dental exam might also include dental X-rays (radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures.
During a dental exam, our dentist will likely discuss your diet and oral hygiene habits and might demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. Other topics for discussion might include lifestyle factors that can affect oral health and possible cosmetic improvements to your teeth.
These comprehensive dental exams help protect your oral health and general well-being. A dental exam gives our dentist an opportunity to provide advice on caring for your teeth and to detect any problems early when they're most treatable. Dental exams should be scheduled following our dentist's guidelines and suggestions suitable to your particular needs. Even if you no longer have your natural teeth, it's important to contact our dentist for regular dental exams to maintain your oral health and the effectiveness of your replacement teeth.
During the examination you may expect the following:
- An evaluation of your overall health and oral hygiene
- An evaluation of your teeth, gums and jaw
- An evaluation of your bite
- The removal of any stains or deposits on your teeth
- A demonstration of proper cleaning techniques for your teeth or dentures
- An assessment on your need for fluoride treatment
- Dental X-rays or, if necessary, other diagnostic procedures
Moreover, during a dental exam, our dentist or hygienist will also inquire about any health problems you have or medications you're taking and discuss how they might affect your oral health. If you have dental replacements — such as dentures or bridges — our dentist will examine how well they fit and discuss any need for adjustments. Dental exams might also include counseling about diet, use of tobacco products and other lifestyle factors that can affect oral health.
In some cases, our dentist might recommend making a dental impression of your jaw to produce a model of your teeth and oral tissue. This can help our dentist evaluate your bite. During the procedure, our dentist will fill trays with a soft, gel-like material and place them over your upper or lower teeth. After a few minutes, the trays are removed and used to create a dental cast of your mouth.
After your dental exam, our dentist will discuss your oral health, including any risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems, and preventive measures you can take to improve and protect your oral health. Our dentist will also recommend the best time to return for a follow-up visit.
When leaving our office, make sure to follow our dentist's advice to keep your teeth clean and maintain optimal oral health long after treatment. Our team is here waiting for you and will answer any questions you may have. Call us today for an appointment or come to our clinic, Bell Tower Dental Care, in Fort Myers, Florida.