A comprehensive dental exam is performed at a patient’s initial visit to Town Square Dental and at routine checkups that follow.
Town Square Dental of Houston is equipped with high-end digital equipment that will be used to take your x-rays. These images are examined by your dentist to look for cavities, bone loss, decay, cysts and a number of other possible oral health conditions. X-rays also display the positions of teeth and roots. Digital imaging allows your dentist to show you what your dental condition looks like on screen from several views, instead of simply explaining the situation.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screening is also part of the exam. The goal of this fast and painless process is to look for signs of mouth cancer in the oral cavity. Either a hygienist or dentist will inspect your lips, gums, throat, neck, throat and other tissues in the mouth.
Gum Disease Screening
The hygienist will also do a periodontal disease screening. This typically involves an inspection of the gums and underlying bone for signs of gum disease with a periodontal probe. This tool is a small measuring stick used to measure the depth of gum pockets. A healthy measurement is usually about one to three millimeters deep. Anything more than four millimeters in depth is considered unhealthy. Larger numbers tend to indicate areas of infection that need immediate dental treatment.
Screening for Decay
An examination for tooth decay will begin with your dentist asking if you have been experiencing tooth sensitivity or pain. Each tooth surface will be carefully examined and probed with a dental instrument to check for soft, decayed areas. Dental x-rays will also display the extent of any decay or cavity development. All previous dental work and restorations such as crowns, fillings and bridges will be inspected.
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