Dental Exams and X-Rays
Usually performed at the same appointment as your dental cleaning, a dental exam is another component to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. By participating in these check-ups twice yearly, you can be catching any developing problems while still at an early stage. This allows for less damage to the teeth and less financial costs associated with larger treatments down the line.
How it's done:
Your dentist in Chicago will first examine the mouth visually, with the aid of certain dental tools such as mouth mirrors, high-intensity lights and more. Instances of cracked or decayed teeth will be looked for, as well as other important issues being reviewed:
- Medical history: Your Chicago dentist will assess how any new medical conditions or illnesses may affect your dental health.
- Oral cancer screening: The face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums will be checked for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: Your gums and bone around the teeth will be checked for any evidence of periodontal disease.
- Examination of existing restorations: Current fillings, crowns, and other restorations are made sure to be in good order.
Diagnostic x-rays will also be taken in order to reveal any other hidden problems, especially in the areas below the gums. Bitewing x-rays are typically taken every 12 months and a panographic x-ray, which revolves around the head, is taken every 3-5 years.
If it has been over 6 months since your last checkup, please call (773) 643-6006 or Click Here to request an appointment today.