A full oral examination is the first step in assessing your oral health and treating any concerns you may have with your teeth and gums. This assessment will provide your dentist with vital information needed to prepare a suitable treatment plan and maintain your oral health. Based on the state of your teeth and gums, together with your dental history, several treatment options may be suitable. The following conditions will affect the recommendations your dentist will make:
- The condition of your gums and other soft tissues
- The quality and quantity of your saliva
- Your tooth-to-tooth and jaw-to-jaw relationships
- Results of tests or x-rays if required
- Your dietary and nutritional habits
- Lifestyle issues for example smoking, shift work, travel, sporting activities etc.
- How enthusiastic you are about treatment
- Your general health and your medical history, including any current medications
- Financial constraints that you may indicate
If you have specific concerns or requirements, or would like to know more about a specific treatment, please let us know. The most effective treatment plan for you will be based on the nature of the information you share with your dentist. After a thorough examination and analysis of your health and concerns, your dentist will recommend the most suitable treatment to be tailored to achieve the results you’re after. As there can be many different options for various conditions, treatment costs will vary. You can choose the treatment best suited to you and your circumstances.
Of course, we will recommend certain treatments based on your circumstance. No matter the treatment, an oral examination needs to be performed. If not, then the treatment that you pursue may not actually be the best one for your situation. Additionally, the treatment may not actually work. This is why we perform these examinations before we begin your treatment process.
For example, if you have gum disease or tooth decay, some dental options may not be viable until that situation has been treated first. It is also important to have these dental exams as dentists will be able to identify issues that may not be obvious to you. Many dental problems don’t actually show physical symptoms until very late stages. A dentist will be able to diagnose these issues before they become too serious. For this reason, it’s recommended that you should have a dental check up every 6 months to ensure dental health.
Why regular dental check-ups?
Regular check-ups are important because dental health is not always fixed. To have optimal dental health, it is a good idea to have an experienced practitioner regularly check the status of your mouth. Your dental health can degrade if you have poor hygiene habits, receive an injury, or even through the aging process. By having these check-ups you can make sure that you are consistently keeping your teeth in the best possible condition.