Your comprehensive dental evaluation starts by collecting your medical information including any history of a condition that could affect your dental health. Your dentist will ask for a complete list of the medications that you are taking both prescribed and over the counter so that there will be no chance of a dangerous interaction.
Your dentist will also be interested to know about the regimen of oral health habits that you follow at home. The kind of toothpaste or toothbrush that you use for instance, can affect the condition of your teeth and gums. A tendency toward the use of tobacco or alcohol can also influence your oral health so you can expect your dentist to ask some personal questions in order to get a thorough perspective.
The next phase of your evaluation will be conducted by the dental hygienist. She will do an oral cancer screening to check for any tissue abnormalities and then move on to examine your teeth one by one, She will be looking for signs of tooth decay or indications that an existing restoration has been compromised in some way.
Even the most meticulous exam can miss something that just isn’t visible to the naked eye. That’s why the hygienist will take x-rays to reveal any issues that may be developing below the gum-line. Today’s technology allows the patient to view the images of his teeth right along with his dentist. This makes it a lot easier for the dentist to point out any problem areas and explain the recommended treatment plan.
Gum tissue that is starting to recede from the teeth is a telltale sign of gum disease. Your hygienist will use a measuring device to determine if this the case. The probe will also indicate the strength of the bone structure that is supporting your teeth.
Once your evaluation is complete your dentist and hygienist will go over their findings with you and answer any questions you may have concerning the quality of your oral health.
Read all about Dr. Conway and his team of dental professionals on the Spokane Valley Dentistry website, www.spokanevalleydentistry.com.