What a comprehensive examination during a visit to the dentist entails
Once we at Family Dentistry & Orthodontics and Johns Creek dentist, Dr. Wayne Trowell, decide to have a comprehensive examination done on you, we are not only going to look at your teeth but other areas as well. The dentist is going to check the inside and the outside of your mouth so as to see if there are any problems or signs of disease. Below are some of the evaluations that you are much more likely to receive.
Soft tissue evaluation
Soft tissues of the mouth include the inside of the cheeks and lips, the roof and floor of the mouth and the tongue. Your dentist is going to check for any swellings, spots, growths, cuts or any abnormal areas.
The dentist will carry out this type of evaluation so that he or she is able to see how well your teeth are able to fit together. This is done by examining the way you bite. What happens is that the dentist is going to ask you to bite naturally. If the dentist sees that the teeth do not fit properly, he or she is then going to ask you to bite down on a special paper or wax. This special paper or wax is important in that in takes the impression of your bite which then helps the dentist to see how your teeth meet. The paper or wax normally make temporary marks on your teeth which are able to show where it is exactly that your teeth come together.
Neck and head
Your dentist is going to check your salivary glands, neck and head, the lymph nodes that are in your neck area and temporomandibular joint. The dentist is also going to take a look at your neck, face and lips so as to make sure there is no lip dryness, bleedings, unusual swellings and any other abnormalities that may need further examination.
The temporomandibular joint is the one that normally guides the lower jaw when you are opening your mouth. For the dentist to be able to see if it is working properly, he or she is going to ask you to open and close your mouth as you move your jaw from one side to another. After this, the dentist may want to know if there is any soreness or pain. The dentist may also touch the joint so that he or she is able to feel if there is any kind of catches and hitches which may indicate that there is a problem.
X-rays are normally taken so as to help the dentist see if there is any kind of oral problem or decay which are at times not visible during a clinical examination. This is also a good way of the dentist to be able to see if there is a need for repairs, fillings and root canal treatment.