There are three main types of dental exams: Comprehensive exams, Periodic Exams and Limited/Emergency exams.

Comprehensive exams
This type of exam is performed for a new patient or for an existing patient that has not been seen in the office for three years or more. During this exam a medical history and blood pressure screening will be taken. There are many health conditions and medications that can potentially effect your dental treatment. It is important to inform Dr. Smith of all medications and health issues you have. Next x-rays will be taken. Based on your dental condition, Dr. smith will determine the type of x-rays and the amount to be taken. This is a vital part of you exam for with out these x-rays there are many cavity, infections and other dental conditions that would go unnoticed. A periodontal or gum and bone exam will also be performed. This part of the comprehensive exam helps determine the health of you gums and bone and the type of cleaning you will need. Other critical parts of your comprehensive exam include: an oral cancer screening, a temporal mandibular joint disorder screening, an orthodontic screening, hygiene evaluation and a habit and diet evaluation. Dental charting of all missing teeth, previous dental work and existing cavities and needed work will be noted. From all of this information a detail individualized treatment plan will be created just for you. This plan will list any items that need to be done to improve and maintain you teeth in the best condition possible.

Periodic Exams
As the name implies this exam is done periodically , usually every 6 months. Many times this is called a “dental check up”. This exam is very similar to the comprehensive exam, in fact many ,if not all ,of the same procedures are performed. The difference being that the extent of any new items that need to be addressed are usually minimal due to the fact that the patient has been seen usually just 6 months ago. The exam thus take less time to perform.

Limited/Emergency Exams
This exam is problem oriented and focuses on a specific problem or pain that a patient may be experiencing. When a patient comes in for an emergency visit an assessment and x-ray will be made to help provide different treatment. Treatment options vary greatly usually from extracting the tooth, to fillings, to root canals and crowns. These options depend on the condition of the tooth and the decision and willingness of the patient. Depending on what option the patient selects, final treatment may or may not be performed that day. At the very least, if the procedure, which the patient desires, cannot be performed that day, any antibiotics, pain medications and palliative care will be given.

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