A comprehensive exam is separated into three parts. First, you will be asked about your dental and medical history. This lets your Plainville dentist know of any underlying medical conditions you may have or any medication you’re on that might influence your dental care. This is also a good time for the patient to discuss any concerns they may have about their dental health and their expectations for the exam. Your provider will then examine the extraoral areas which refers to the head and neck. they can search for any structural abnormalities, areas of tenderness, inflammation, or pain.
Next, an examination of the mouth will give an indication of your dental health. This will include an x-ray to ensure that the teeth and jaw are positioned properly and there are no internal issues with the mouth. An examination of the mouth looks at the teeth, lips, gums, saliva, cheeks, hard and soft palates, throat, tongue, and floor of the mouth.
At the end of a comprehensive examination, the patient should be informed of any observations and findings during the exam. Depending on what was observed during the exam, Dr. Khan might recommend further evaluation.
Who Should Have One?
A comprehensive oral exam is recommended for new patients visiting a practice for the first time. This gives your provider a benchmark for where your health is at and when your next exam should be. A comprehensive exam is also recommended for those who have not been to the dentist in over three years or have had major changes to their health since their last visit. If you have any specific concerns, you can schedule a comprehensive exam at any time to put your mind at ease or get a proper diagnosis.
Why is it Important?
During a comprehensive exam, your dental provider can detect new cavities, weaknesses in crowns or fillings, gum recession, and teeth deterioration. All of these issues can lead to complications if they are not detected and treated promptly and properly.
An examination of the lips, gums, and tongue can also show signs of decay or infection. Some conditions that your provider is looking for signs of include:
A comprehensive exam is important not only to your dental health, but to your overall health as well. Your dental provider can detect signs of some serious conditions that may otherwise go undetected.
What Happens Next?
What happens after your comprehensive exam will be determined by what Dr. Khan finds. If nothing unusual was found, no further evaluation or preventative treatment will be required.
If you are due for a comprehensive oral exam, contact IKON Dental Group today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Khan.
What to expect
Your first visit at IKON Dental Group will be a comprehensive exam and consultation lasting approximately 90 mins. During the visit, you can expect:
- A full series of Dental X-rays and photos
- Evaluation of gum and bone health
- Evaluation of the teeth
- TMJ Oral Cancer Screening
- Smile Analysis