Providing Meticulous Attention to Detail during Every Dental Exam
Routine dental exams are one of the most important steps you can take to prevent serious oral health issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Regularly visiting the dentist can even help catch life-threatening ailments such as oral cancer.
During every dental exam at our Idaho Falls, ID, practice, Dr. Mark Tall will perform a thorough evaluation of your oral health. He will look at individual teeth, your overall dental alignment, and your soft tissues. At Sandcreek Dental, our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including x-rays and 3-D imaging, that allow Dr. Tall to more accurately identify and diagnose health concerns. Patients can thus maintain a healthy, beautiful smile for years to come.
The Importance of Routine Exams
Oral health problems are easier to treat when they are caught early on. That is why regularly visiting the dentist is essential. During an exam, we can uncover signs of cavities and gum disease before you experience any symptoms. By preventing extensive damage, we strive to eliminate the need for in-depth restorative care, including root canal therapy, tooth extractions, or implants. Furthermore, an early diagnosis of oral cancer can save your life.
What to Expect during Your Dental Exam
The basic biannual dental checkup usually involves several steps:
- Dental x-rays: In order to minimize your radiation exposure, we normally take x-rays at every other check-up. Intraoral x-rays offer close-ups of individual teeth, allowing us to diagnose decay, tiny cracks, and infection. Extraoral x-rays provide a view of your dental arch from the outside. Together, these images provide a comprehensive view of your jaw and allow our team to more effectively evaluate your dental alignment.
- Visual examination: Dr. Tall will asses the outside of your teeth for outward signs of external decay or erosion. He will also look for gum inflammation, redness, and small sores, which could indicate periodontal disease.
- Oral cancer screening: While gum disease is the most common cause of tissue inflammation, oral cancer can sometimes trigger similar symptoms. If he notices any unusual signs, Dr. Tall will typically order a biopsy. In addition to examining your gums, he will also check your tongue, floor of your mouth, soft palate, and other soft tissues for any abnormalities.
- Dental cleaning: After your exam, your hygienist will remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from your teeth. If Dr. Tall identifies gum disease, he may also recommend a deep cleaning.
Depending on the results of your exam, the doctor may suggest a number of potential treatments or simple at-home care options to restore your oral health.
Tips for At-Home Care
While professional dental care can have a huge impact on your oral health, a dental team cannot do all of the work alone. Patients must also commit to a daily hygiene to maintain their smiles. If you are suffering from cavities or other concerns, we can provide tips to improve your routine and prevent additional problems. For example, we may teach you more effective methods for flossing, special types of toothbrushes, or mouthwashes that more effectively eliminate bad breath.
Schedule Your Exam Today
Neglecting your dental visits can be disastrous for your smile. Contact our office online to schedule your routine exam or call (208) 525-4780 to set up an appointment.