Dental Exams and X-Rays
Alongside dental cleanings, routine exams are a crucial piece of maintaining healthy gums and teeth. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends checkups, twice yearly, for people of all ages. At this frequency, most problems can be identified and then treated while they remain in an early stage.
How it's done:
Your Waltham dentist will first examine your mouth visually, using dental equipment such as mouth mirrors, dental picks, and high-intensity lights. They will be looking for cracked and decayed teeth, as well as reviewing other important items such as:
- Medical history review: We will assess how any new medical conditions or illnesses may affect your dental health.
- Examination of tooth decay: Your mouth will be checked for cracked or decayed teeth.
- Oral cancer screening: The face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums will be checked for any possible 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.
Additionally, your Waltham dentist will take diagnostic x-rays to reveal any other hidden problems, especially in the areas below the gum line. Bitewing x-rays are usually taken yearly and a panographic x-ray, which revolves around the head, is taken every 3-5 years.
If it has been over six months since your last dental exam, call NK Family Dentistry's office at (781) 216-8097 or click here to contact us today!