Cedar Park Veneers and Implants

Dental Exams and X-Rays

Routine dental exams are important to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Additionally, they can help to avoid the financial costs associated with large treatment plans later on. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends twice yearly checkups for patients of all ages. At this frequency, most problems can be caught while they remain in an early stage.

How it's done
Dr. Pham first examines your mouth visually, using a mouth mirrors, explorer and high intensity lights. While performing the examination he will be looking at the teeth, gums and all tissues of the mouth.  A full exam includes:
  • Medical history review: The 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 by the hygienist.
  • Examination of tooth structure:  Teeth will be checked for decay (cavities) and cracked or broken surfaces.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Current fillings, crowns, and other restorations will be checked for recurrent areas of decay and cracks or breaks.

Additionally,  diagnostic x-rays may be taken to reveal any other hidden problems, especially in the areas below the gums. Many problems can exist that can not be seen by visually looking in the mouth and can only be diagnosed by x-ray.  Bitewing x-rays are typically taken every 6-12 months and a Panographic or Full mouth set of X-rays (FMX) is taken every 3-5 years.