Periodic exams are done on existing patients that come regularly. The harmful bacteria living in our mouth can cause severe damage if left unchecked. During a periodic exam the doctor will ensure no new conditions have developed in your mouth.
What to expect in your periodic 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 re-evaluate your oral hygiene and will go over your overall health, and discuss any new medical conditions that could interfere with your oral health or existing treatment plan. The dentist will ask several questions about any new medications that you may be taking, or if you have to start taking additional medication prior to your dental treatment.
- During your periodic exam, the dentist will look again 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 the presence of new tooth decay, root decay, gum disease and/or bone loss. She/ He will review if there is any pending treatment since your last visit.
- A treatment plan may be put in place to address any new conditions and will include any pending treatment.
- A treatment coordinator will discuss with you schedules, fees, discounts and payment plans (if applicable).