Edmonton Dental Exams
Practicing good oral hygiene can help prevent various dental problems. Crooked, missing, or diseased teeth can affect your speech and make chewing food painful and difficult. That is why it is important to visit your Edmonton dentist regularly. Treating dental problems has become easier today due to modern dental technology. Regular dental exams can help keep the gums and teeth healthy.
Your medical history will be reviewed at each dental visit to our Edmonton dental clinic to see if there are medical changes that must be updated. A visual examination of your mouth will be performed. Your dentist will use an explorer to check your teeth. The explorer helps them find problem areas on your teeth. Your dentist will check for stain, decay, gaps around existing crowns or fillings, and areas around your gum line.
A dental X-ray may be required to determine areas of concern in your mouth. The photos of your teeth and mouth will help your Edmonton dentist identify existing or potential conditions that need treatment. Other methods might be used to diagnose problems, including intra-oral pictures and oral cancer screenings. If you have concerns about your dental health, you should discuss it with your dentist. Your symptoms can help your dentist in making a diagnosis of your dental condition.
Cancer Screening Exam
An oral cancer screening exam includes a visual assessment of the soft tissue to see if there are areas of concern such as discolorations, lesions, and lumps. However, an oral exam is not enough to determine whether a certain spot is cancerous or not.
Our dentists in Edmonton may get a biopsy of the spot or refer the patient to an oral surgeon. A special cancer screening may also be ordered by you dentist to determine unhealthy spots on the tissue that are not noticeable during a regular oral examination. Those who have a history of oral cancer or use tobacco or alcohol should consider getting specialized cancer screenings. Your dentist will tell you if you’re a candidate for this test.
What the Results Mean
Results of the dental exam may include gum problems such as gingivitis, tooth development problems like bone loss, and cavity. If the result shows that you have a cavity, you will most likely come back to have it treated. If you have a cavity, you will most likely come back to have it treated. Talk to your dentist if you have questions about the treatment.
Your Edmonton dentist may suggest more frequent dental exams or dental cleanings if you have gingivitis. He might also recommend the use of a medicated mouth rinse, improving your flossing and brushing habits, or seeing a periodontist who specializes in treating and diagnosing gum disease.
Taking good care of your gums and teeth is important to main good oral hygiene. Following good dental habits and having dental exams regularly can help you achieve this. Use toothpaste with fluoride to prevent cavities and tooth decay.
You should also brush your teeth two times a day. Use a soft-bristled brush, and don’t forget to floss. Flossing at least once a day removes plaque that can damage gums and teeth. Buy a new toothbrush every 3 or 4 months. Eating a healthy diet is also important.
If you have questions about our dental exams, feel free to call us anytime!