It is recommended that you have an exam once a year. At this frequency, most problems can be caught early.
What to Expect
Dr. McPherson will first examine your mouth as well as review other important items such as:
- Medical history review: Dr. McPherson will want to discuss any current or changes in your medical history that can affect your
your dental health.
- Tooth decay and/or cracked teeth: Your teeth will be examined for any possible decay or cracking to prevent further
- Grinding and/or clinching of the teeth: Your mouth/teeth will be checked for any signs of grinding/clinching that may be happening. Grinding of the teeth often happens during sleep or stressful situations, and many people are not even aware that they are even doing it.
- Oral Cancer Screening: The face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, cheeks, gums, and tissues will be checked for any evidence of oral cancer.
- Gum disease: Your gums and bones around the teeth will be evaluated for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Existing restorations: All current fillings, crowns, bridges, and other restorations will be examined to be sure they are all in good order.
Diagnostic x-rays are taken as part of dental exams to reveal any hidden problems that can not be easily seen or diagnosed, especially in areas below the gums. Bitewing x-rays are taken every 12 months, and a panoramic x-ray (full facial) is taken every 5 years.