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Dental Examination

A dental examination, also known as a basic oral assessment, is the starting point for comprehensive dental care or the routine monitoring of oral health tailored to individual needs. This examination assesses the general health of the mouth and teeth, which are crucial components of overall well-being. It is recommended to undergo a dental inspection every one to three years.

What does dental examination include?

Before your appointment, we will review your initial information with you, including any general health conditions and medications, to assess their impact on your oral health.

If you are taking multiple medications, we recommend bringing a list with you. Dentists need comprehensive background information about their patients to conduct a thorough examination effectively.

During the examination, the dentist will check your teeth, the surrounding periodontal tissues (gums), and the oral mucosa. X-rays may be taken if needed to complement the visual examination.

The examination also focuses on the functionality of the teeth by assessing factors related to your bite and listening attentively to any concerns you may have. Some problems, such as chronic infections at the root tips within the bone, may be completely asymptomatic and only detectable through X-rays. Often, gum diseases are only identified during an examination by a dentist.

For patients who wear dentures, regular checks are crucial to ensure there are no changes in the oral mucous membranes, even if they no longer have their natural teeth.

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Why is regular dental examination important?

Chronic oral infections are significant risk factors that can predispose individuals to cardiovascular diseases, including strokes. These infections can also exacerbate the stability of various chronic conditions such as rheumatism and diabetes.

Regular dental examinations are crucial as they help monitor changes in the mouth, like early-stage caries, and verify the success of treatments already performed.

Properly timed active treatment leads to better outcomes and lower costs. Your dentist, familiar with the unique aspects of your oral health, is equipped to develop a long-term treatment plan tailored to your needs. This approach allows for the distribution of treatment burden and costs over an extended period.

Based on the examination, your individual treatment requirements and an estimation of the costs are determined. By discussing these aspects with you, we can devise a treatment plan that best meets your specific needs.