Comprehensive Exams in Guelph
What is a Comprehensive Exam?
A comprehensive examination is a diagnostic evaluation of a patient’s overall oral health and hygiene. During an oral examination, the doctor or hygienist may:
- Check for signs of decay or periodontal disease
- Ask what medications you are taking
- Take dental x-rays
- Evaluate occlusion (bite)
- Evaluate jaw
- Discuss proper cleaning
- Remove stains or debris
- Take a dental impression
The doctor or hygienist may also perform an oral cancer exam. This involves feeling around the cheeks, gums, and tongue, under the jaw, and the sides of the neck for signs of oral cancer.
Benefits of Comprehensive Exams
Comprehensive examinations provide the following benefits:
- Early detection. When you have a dental or oral health issue, early detection is key. Detecting gum disease in the early stages of gingivitis makes it easier to treat and prevent it from worsening. A small cavity that is found early can be easily filled to protect the tooth from further damage. Oral cancer is especially crucial to diagnose early, because the survival rate is greatly improved the sooner it is treated.
- Covered by insurance. Regular dental exams are covered by most dental insurance plans every 6 months. X-Ray diagnostics are typically covered once a year. Insurance providers know that comprehensive exams can prevent the need for more complex and costly procedures, which is why coverage for these appointments is typically included.
- Improved dental hygiene. If your dentist notices that there is a lot of plaque and tartar on your teeth, they can recommend dental hygiene habits that will improve your oral health. You may not realize that you need to make changes to your dental hygiene unless you are having regular dental exams.
- Improve your overall health and wellness. Your oral health has a significant impact on your overall health. Gum disease and tooth decay have been linked to heart disease and diabetes. Infections in the mouth can spread to the rest of the body through the bloodstream and affect other organs. But comprehensive oral exams can bring existing and potential problems to light so that they can be addressed.
Why Choose Bisson Dentistry?
At Bisson Dentistry we provide thorough comprehensive exams for our patients because we believe in the importance of early detection. When it comes to your health, diagnosis and treatment of oral health issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, or oral cancer is crucial for your overall health and wellness. We take the whole person into consideration when we provide dental care for you and your family.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I have a comprehensive exam?
It is recommended that everyone have a comprehensive oral exam at least every 6 months. This time frame allows for early detection of oral health issues so that they can be treated with a higher degree of success.
Are X-Rays safe?
Dental X-Rays are a safe and effective diagnostic tool. Advancements in technology and the invention of digital imaging has reduced the amount of radiation needed to capture quality images of the teeth, mouth, and jaw. You will be covered with a protective vest during X-Ray imaging for an additional precautionary measure.
When should children have their first oral exam?
Dentists and dental professionals recommend that children have an oral exam by their first birthday or within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth. The purpose of the first exam is to assess the health of the soft tissues of the mouth as well as any teeth that are showing. It also serves to help children get used to going to the dentist from a young age so that they develop a healthy, positive view of dental care.
Should I be worried about oral cancer?
Less than 2% of men and less than 1% of women will develop oral cancer. However, there are certain risk factors that increase the chances, such as tobacco use, alcohol consumption, being overweight, exposure to HPV, UV exposure, age, and genetic predisposition. With early detection, the survival rate of oral cancer is much higher, in some cases as high as 93%.