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Periodic Exams

Periodic exams are done on existing patients that come regularly. The harmful bacteria living in our mouth can cause severe damage if left unchecked. During a periodic exam the doctor will ensure no new conditions have developed in your mouth.

What to expect in your periodic exam

  • A registered dental assistant will take a series of x-rays and intra-oral pictures for a closer view of your teeth.
  • A licensed doctor will re-evaluate your oral hygiene and will go over your overall health, and discuss any new medical conditions that could interfere with your oral health or existing treatment plan. The dentist will ask several questions about any new medications that you may be taking, or if you have to start taking additional medication prior to your dental treatment. 
  • During your periodic exam, the dentist will look again for signs of oral cancer. She/ He will feel the area under your jaw, the sides of your neck, and the insides of your lips and cheeks, as well as examine the sides of your tongue and the roof and floor of your mouth.
  • The doctor will look for the presence of new tooth decay, root decay, gum disease and/or bone loss. She/ He will review if there is any pending treatment since your last visit. 
  • A treatment plan may be put in place to address any new conditions and will include any pending treatment.
  • A treatment coordinator will discuss with you schedules, fees, discounts and payment plans (if applicable).

Emergency Exam

Emergency exams are required by people that are experiencing severe pain, who have an infection, who have had an accident, or who notice something new in their mouth that requires immediate attention.

An emergency exam consist of diagnostic radiographs (x-rays), intra-oral pictures, and a focused exam on the problem area.  

Once the problem has been fixed, patients are invited to return and have a comprehensive exam in order to uncover and prevent any potentially dangerous conditions that could lead to more pain and expensive treatment. 

What to expect from an emergency exam

  • A registered dental assistant will take a series of x-rays and intra-oral pictures for a closer view of your teeth.
  • A licensed doctor will evaluate your oral hygiene and will go over your overall health. She/he will discuss if you have any medical conditions that may interfere with your emergency visit. She/ He will ask several questions about the medications that you might be taking, or if you have to start taking medication prior to your dental treatment.
  • The dentist will have several methods that she/he will use to find the cause of your condition, and treatment options will be explained.
  • A treatment coordinator will discuss with you schedules, fees, discounts and payment plans (if applicable).

Comphrehensive Exam

In addition to addressing your main concern, a comprehensive exam consists of taking diagnostic radiographs (x-rays), intra-oral pictures, screening your mouth for oral cancer, an evaluation of your gums, tooth decay detection, and bite evaluation. A comprehensive is given to new patients that want a check-up of their entire mouth.

What to expect on a comprehensive exam

  • A registered dental assistant will take a series of x-rays and intra-oral pictures for a closer view of your teeth. 
  • A licensed doctor will evaluate your oral hygiene and will go over your overall health. She/he will discuss if you have any medical conditions that may interfere with you oral health. The dentist will ask several questions about the medications that you might be taking, or if you have to start taking medication prior to your dental treatment.
  • During your comprehensive exam, the dentist will look for signs of oral cancer. She/ He will feel the area under your jaw, the sides of your neck, and the insides of your lips and cheeks, as well as examine the sides of your tongue and the roof and floor of your mouth.
  • The doctor will look for any tooth decay, root decay, gum disease and/or bone loss.
  • If there is presence of any of the above conditions, he will immediately create a treatment plan that addresses your oral health needs.
  • A treatment coordinator will discuss with you schedules, fees, discounts and payment plans (if applicable).

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