An oral health examination is a major component of our practice. This is composed of a discussion, an oral examination which may include taking x-rays, and the drawing up of a treatment plan.
The examination involves your dentist examining your mouth and teeth to check for a multitude of things such as the alignment of your jaw joints, how your teeth meet and function as you chew, and any signs that you may be clenching or grinding your teeth together. Your dentist will identify any problems which could arise from a poor occlusion which could be broken, worn teeth or headaches. They will carry out a visual check of your tongue, cheeks, and other soft tissues and they will particularly look for any signs of oral cancer. Your hygienist will look at your gums for any underlying gum disease, they will also check for dental decay and faults in fillings or other restorations such as crowns, bridges or veneers, looking for signs of erosion.