Dental Exams and x-rays can help your Brooklyn Dental Centre team create a full picture of your oral health, better understand your oral health goals, and create a treatment plan specific to your needs.
A dental exam will be performed by the Brooklyn Dental Centre team during your first visit. Your dentist will use this information to discuss with you an oral health plan that is customized to your needs.
During following regular check-up exams, your dentist and dental hygienist will include the following:
Examining diagnostic x-rays – X-rays are important to monitor instances of decay, tumors, cysts and bone loss. These dental X-rays can also help determine tooth and root positions.
Perform Oral cancer screening – Your dental hygienist will check your face, neck, lips, throat, tongue and gums for signs of oral cancer.
Gum disease evaluation – The gums and bone around the teeth will be checked for any signs of periodontal (gum) disease.
Tooth decay examination – All tooth surfaces of your teeth will be thoroughly checked for decay.
Evaluation of existing restorations – We will check your current fillings, crowns, bridges, etc. to see if they need to be replaced
Checking of your bite position – We will determine whether your bite position is unhealthy and may be contributing to tooth grinding, muscle and joint problems, and/or headaches.
Dental x-rays capture and store digital images of your smile. These images can be viewed instantly, which can help your dentist and hygienist get a complete picture of your smile. Your dentist will then be able to detect risks before they become larger problems.
The panoramic x-ray gives an all-around picture of your smile for the dentist. It may be necessary if your dentist requires more information about your teeth, including the upper and lower jawbone, sinuses and other tissues of the head and neck. A panoramic x-ray may also be required for implant procedures to ensure your bone is dense enough for implants.
Dental x-rays are preventive tools that are essential to your dentist. They provide the information she needs to safely and accurately detect dental abnormalities that may not be visible to the naked eye. With x-rays, your dentist can work with you to recommend a customized treatment plan suited to your needs.