What You Should Expect during a Dental Exam


Even the most basic dental exam can be a cause for stress for some patients. It may be helpful to know or to be reminded of what typically occurs during a dental exam. The following is a list of what you can expect your dentists to do when you go in for a visit:

  • Evaluate your overall health and hygiene
  • Evaluate any need for restoration and/or repair
  • Remove any stains or deposits on the surfaces of your teeth
  • Assess the need for fluoride
  • Evaluate risk of tooth decay, bone disease, and gum diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease
  • Check for any jaw or bite problems
  • Demonstrate proper cleaning techniques

An expert in dental exam in Los Angeles will also likely perform an x-ray, in order to get a better look at your all of teeth. There are several ways they can get this x-ray. A bitewing is a cardboard-like device that you bite down on, allowing the dentist to get a good view of the crowns on your upper and lower teeth. A periapical x-ray allows for a good image of an entire tooth, including the surrounding bone. Other types of x-rays include occlusal, panoramic, and cone beam tomography.


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