General Diagnostic Dentistry
Teeth are very tough, but they are also porous. This makes them vulnerable to decay, even if they are well cared for. Additionally, the mouth is one of the windows into the body. A wide variety of illnesses show up as changes in the mouth, so regular oral exams are important for your overall health, not just your teeth.
Comprehensive Oral Exams
When you visit us for an exam, we want to make sure we get a clear picture of your health. We’ll perform a visual examination and use x-rays to detect cavities, bone or gum recession, tooth deterioration, and weaknesses in fillings, crowns, or bridgework. We will also examine the lymph nodes in your face and neck to ensure there are no abnormalities that might indicate disease. If you aren’t sure that oral exams can catch diseases in other parts of the body, here is a list of the conditions that your teeth and gums can give away:
- Respiratory disease
- Pancreatic cancer
- Heart disease
- Heart attacks
- Risk of delivering premature infants
- Weak immune system
- Bone/Gum cancer
- Infective endocarditis
If you have one of these issues getting started in your body, you’ll want to know about it! Your dental team can help. At the end of your exam, we’ll be able to bring together everything we’ve seen and figure out how to move forward.
Consultation and Treatment Planning
Inspecting and cleaning teeth is just the starting point of what we do. Once we have fully examined your teeth and mouth as a whole, we will be able to determine what needs to happen next. It may be as simple as scheduling your next cleaning! It could also be filling a cavity or getting fitted for a nighttime mouth guard.
Gum Disease Diagnosis
Your gums are foundational to the health of your mouth and its ability to function. They can start to recede or develop infections and other issues. We will carefully check your gums to determine whether or not they need reconstruction or other treatment. We want to make sure that your teeth have a healthy foundation!
Your x-rays are an important part of the picture when it comes to your dental health. We will carefully evaluate what we see and share it with you so you understand the steps we need to take moving forward.
Don’t neglect your health. Contact Smile Designers in Longmont for a dental exam today!