Comprehensive Exams

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A comprehensive dental exam is different from a 2-minute routine exam that happens during each dental visit. During a comprehensive exam, the dentist performs an all-inclusive assessment of your oral structures, as well as your head, neck and throat in order to have a complete understanding of the patient’s oral health.

A comprehensive exam should be performed for each new patient. Existing patients should also request this exam every 3-5 years. Here is what’s included:

  • Review of medical history
  • Review of dental history
  • Extraoral tissue assessment
  • Intraoral tissue assessment
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Evaluation of the teeth and any restorations
  • Radiographic exam
  • Periodontal exam
  • Esthetic exam
  • Documentation
  • Diagnosis and treatment plan

After gathering all the information from the various evaluations, a treatment plan will be created including recommendations of the necessary dental work, which can range from regular cleaning to dental crowns/ dentures/ root canal.

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