Here at McDonald Dental, you can book an appointment for a dental cleaning, routine checkup, or advanced oral procedure with our team of dental professionals at any time. Dental exams are important in maintaining good oral and overall health and can provide opportunities to detect health problems early on.
What To Expect During The Exam
For those with good oral health, dental checkups are recommended at least twice a year. Anyone suffering more severe problems like periodontal disease, adhering to the more frequent prescribed schedule is important. Once you have booked your appointment, you can expect to first discuss your overall and oral health issues. Do update our dentist on any new developments such as chronic conditions, new medications, or symptoms that come and go.
Our dentist may also ask about any new lifestyle habits that could have an impact on the condition of your mouth. We will review your file for any past treatments that may need to be checked on. The oral exam involves a visual check and physical exam with a finger to confirm such issues as loose teeth, discolored gums, hard lumps and more. Our dentist may use some equipment to gain better access and visibility of more concealed areas of the mouth. If there is something out of the ordinary, we may prescribe further diagnostic investigation through dental x-rays or suggest treatment options.
Any prosthetic or orthodontic devices such as bridges and braces will be checked for damage or need for adjustment. If there is no cause for concern, you will likely finish with a cleaning procedure performed by our dental hygienist.
Why Have a Dental Exam?
We always urge our patients to bring with them a list of any oral questions they may have for our team. Discussing even minor oral issues with our dentists can help avoid a dental emergency appointment down the road and determine the best preventative or restorative treatment. Pinpointing problems early on is also cost-saving, as it allows for early detection and therefore less severe and prolonged treatment being prescribed.
As mentioned, oral exams can be very useful in the early detection of many health problems. Oral cancer, diabetes, and arthritis are just some of the many conditions whose initial symptoms can present orally. Even if our dentists may not be able to treat the maladies, they can refer you to your doctor or other specialists for further investigation.
These exams also provide a chance to discuss dental treatment options long before they commence. Whether it is a worry about the cost or possible pain, adjustments to your treatment plan can often be made to make you more comfortable.
In the hands of one of our experienced dentists, you can be assured of a comprehensive checkup. This includes the visual exam, probing with a gloved finger, and dental x-rays as required. Oral cancer screenings are also standard to ensure that if this is the diagnosis, we catch it early, improve chances of a quick recovery, and a return to good oral health. Call us, McDonald Dental at (346) 250-3575 today to make your appointment for a dental exam.