What is it? And do I need it?
Your path to a healthy mouth and beautiful smile for life begins with regular examinations at The Art of Dentistry. By visiting us every six months, you can be sure that tooth and gum problems are being prevented and your smile is as bright as it can be.
A comprehensive examination is more than a check-up. Taking approximately one hour it’s a thorough examination of each individual tooth checking for any sign of decay, cracks or wear of fillings. We also look closely at your gums for any indication of gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. When identified early, any ill-effects of gum disease can be reversed.
Additionally, we examine your soft tissues, muscles and facial bones as well as assess your bite to ensure your teeth fit together correctly. Misalignment of teeth and jaws can lead to, or be the cause of, head and neck pain.
We will also complete a professional cleaning to remove any tartar deposits, which build up on your teeth over time and cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. And by monitoring your oral health regularly, we can address any potential problems before they become much more serious.
We may also take detailed x-rays for our records. This will allow our dental team to check for any problems that may be occurring below your gum line.
At the conclusion of your comprehensive examination appointment, you will be provided with detailed information about any future dental treatment you may need.
One of the most utilised diagnostic tools within our practice, digital x-rays provide precise and immediate images and emit only10% of the radiation compared with traditional x-rays. They can also be magnified and displayed on a monitor allowing for simple explanation of your treatment needs.
Impressions, Study Models & Treatment Photos
From time to time we may take impression moulds of your teeth and gums as well as create study models. These can be used for planning treatments such as dental implants, bridges, orthodontic braces and dentures. We may also take treatment photos, which are used to monitor and demonstrate your treatment progress.