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EXAMS & CLEANING

A comprehensive oral evaluation is a valuable part of your dental health maintenance plan

Your dentist is a great ally in keeping an eye out for undiagnosed illnesses.

A comprehensive oral evaluation is a valuable part of your dental health maintenance plan, and your dentist is a great ally in keeping an eye out for undiagnosed illnesses. The comprehensive dental exam is done with a full set of x-rays to set a baseline of your overall health and detect early signs of serious illness that may otherwise go undetected. During your comprehensive exam, Dr. Soule will be on the lookout for the following problems:

  • New cavities
  • Weaknesses in existing restorations
  • Changes in the gums tissue for early detection of oral cancer
  • Gum or bone recession to determine the presence of periodontal disease
  • Abnormal bite, bruxism or TMJ
  • Abnormalities of the jawbone that can only be seen with a panoramic x-ray
  • Conditions of the mouth that may be related to other serious health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, or auto-immune disorder.

In contrast to a comprehensive oral exam, a limited oral evaluation is designed to address an acute problem. This procedure addresses such issues as:

  • Acute pain
  • Infection and/or swelling of the face or mouth
  • Traumatic injury

A periodic dental examination is done by Dr. Soule about every 6 months, usually at your regular visit with the hygienist, and may include bitewing or 360° panoramic X-rays to check for:

  • New cavities
  • Weaknesses in existing restorations
  • Changes in the gums tissue for early detection of oral cancer
  • Gum or bone recession to determine the presence of periodontal disease
  • Abnormalities of the jawbone that can only be detected with a panoramic x-ray

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR A COMPREHENSIVE DENTAL EXAMINATION.