In addition to addressing your main concern, a comprehensive exam consists of taking diagnostic radiographs (x-rays), intra-oral pictures, screening your mouth for oral cancer, an evaluation of your gums, tooth decay detection, and bite evaluation. A comprehensive is given to new patients that want a check-up of their entire mouth.
What to expect on a comprehensive exam
- A registered dental assistant will take a series of x-rays and intra-oral pictures for a closer view of your teeth.
- A licensed doctor will evaluate your oral hygiene and will go over your overall health. She/he will discuss if you have any medical conditions that may interfere with you oral health. The dentist will ask several questions about the medications that you might be taking, or if you have to start taking medication prior to your dental treatment.
- During your comprehensive exam, the dentist will look for signs of oral cancer. She/ He will feel the area under your jaw, the sides of your neck, and the insides of your lips and cheeks, as well as examine the sides of your tongue and the roof and floor of your mouth.
- The doctor will look for any tooth decay, root decay, gum disease and/or bone loss.
- If there is presence of any of the above conditions, he will immediately create a treatment plan that addresses your oral health needs.
- A treatment coordinator will discuss with you schedules, fees, discounts and payment plans (if applicable).