Checkup or Comprehensive Exam?

Comprehensive Oral Exam in Maryville TNThough you may think that every examination you have at your dentist’s office is as thorough as can be. But there is a reason why most appointments with your dentist are called check-ups. Most of the time when you visit your dentist, your teeth will be cleaned and you will have a checkup to identify any problems that need to be addressed. Necessary x-rays are taken at this time. This is the sort of appointment that is needed when the dentist is already familiar with and has been keeping an eye on your oral health as a patient. There are some times when a much more careful exam should be performed.

What is a Comprehensive Oral Exam?

Dentists will often perform a comprehensive oral examination when seeing a patient for the first time. Among other things, this gives your dentist a baseline by which to evaluate your later visits and treatments. It also gives the dentist time to get to know you, carefully evaluate your dental care needs, and respond to any concerns you may have regarding your oral health. When you have a need for a comprehensive oral exam in Maryville, TN, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Kim Norman.

Comprehensive oral exams consist of:

  • taking your medical and dental history, including a review of any medications

  • making necessary x-rays to fully evaluate dental structures

  • periodontal examination-gum health is assessed

  • examination of teeth

  • TMJ and bite evaluation

  • oral cancer screening, including visual and manual head/neck examination

  • photographic survey

If Dr. Norman finds a need for other tests during your comprehensive exam, you may be scheduled to see another doctor or dental specialist.

After your comprehensive exam, you can expect the dentist to provide you with a personalized treatment plan to address any problems that are discovered. It’s also good to remember that the planning involved when having significant dental work done requires the added thoroughness of a comprehensive exam. Comprehensive oral exams in Maryville, Tn are available from Dr. Norman, who may recommend them for such reasons as:

  • smile makeovers

  • renewing dental work such as crowns and bridges

  • when dental implants are being considered

  • other teeth replacement procedures like dentures

Certain medical conditions also warrant having a comprehensive dental exam performed.

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