The initial dental exam is a customary assessment for the dentist to more familiarize themselves with a patient and to more accurately evaluate what your dental needs may be. Its then that recommendations on procedures takes place and the patient can decide what steps they may want to take toward getting care.
During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will evaluate your overall health and oral hygiene. Evaluate your risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease. Evaluate your need for tooth restoration or tooth replacement. The course and order of treatment depends on the state of your dental health. The initial exam will involve a thorough inspection of your mouth, tongue and teeth. Your dentist may order a set of dental x-rays. The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist at least twice a year for a comprehensive dental exam. Maintaining your oral health is crucial in avoiding pain, tooth loss and expensive restorative dentistry procedures.