Dental Exams in Pasadena, TX
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.
Book an Appointment
Chewing Gum: Good or Bad for Your Teeth?
Many people may not know, but the average American consumes about 2 pounds of gum each year. There are many reasons someone might chew a piece of gum, whether habitual, to stay awake during a boring college lecture, or to freshen their breath throughout the day. Whatever the case may be, i...
What’s the Difference Between Gingivitis & Periodontitis?
Have you noticed that your gums appear to be receding? Suffer from chronic bad breath? You may be suffering from a common dental condition known as “periodontal disease”! In the early stages, periodontal disease is known as gingivitis. However, as it progresses it is known as periodont...
Town Square Dental: Fluoride Treatment
There are many different ways to improve the health and appearance of your smile. Our Town Square Dental office provides fluoride treatments that help to protect smiles. Continue reading to learn more about this treatment and see how it can improve your oral health. What is a fluoride trea...
Dental Digital X-Rays Vs. Film Radiation
For many of our patients, the difference between digital X-rays and film x-rays may not even be noticeable. Overtime Dentistry has come a long way in making great advancements in dental care. One of the most significant advances in dental care is the use of digital x-ray imaging machines. ...