It is important to have an oral examination at least once a year to check the health of your gums, teeth and surrounding tissue. This is carried out by your dentist and often includes X-rays. Once any problems have been identified your dentist will discuss what treatment options are available to you.
What will this involve?
- Examination for tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay along with existing restorations and crowns.
- Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Oral cancer screening: Check face, neck, upper tongue and lips for any signs of cancer.
- X-rays: Essential for detection of decay, cysts, bone loss. X-ray helps determine tooth and root position.