What is a comprehensive dental exam?
by: Dental Assistant Team
At Drs Rohrer's office, we invest a great deal of time meeting with our new patients. It starts with what we call a "Comprehensive Exam" or "Comprehensive Dental Exam".
Our Doctors will spend on average an hour and a half getting to know you and your overall health. We first look at you medical history, your general health and all medications you might be taking. We also look at all known allergies and, of course, your dental history up to now. In other words, we want to know our patients' health in depth.
We want to know how you feel about being in the chair; as some people fear dental work. We want to make you feel comfortable. If you don't like going to the dentist, tell us, we won't be offended; rather we will work extra hard to make your experience as pleasant as possible.
During the Comprehensive Dental Exam, the doctor will do a cancer screening, something we advise our patients to do once a year.
We also look at the health of your gums, which allows us to evaluate the type of dental cleaning you need. Some of you might need what we call a prophylaxis, other need a bit more than a regular cleaning, what we call a soft tissue management, which requires more work.
Next, we proceed to looking at your teeth; charting all currant restorations and, if necessary, charting work needed.
The doctor will look at each of your teeth visually with a mirror and also explore your mouth with our intra-oral camera. Be prepared to see your mouth on our computer screen like you've never seen it before. Our camera amplifies the actual size of your teeth fifty times! If there was ever a time to use the expression "a picture is worth a thousand words", it is in the case of our intra-oral camera.
This process allows us to show you your mouth, teeth, and gums in the same light we see them so that you can better understand our findings and your oral health in general. We have been using this process for over 15 years, and it has helped diagnosed a lot of conditions that the eye or even x-rays could not have detected (which we take also, along with models and photographs as needed).
The next thing we will look at is your bite. We often use the following analogy in the office: "you can put new tires on your car, but if you don't get them aligned, they will wear out", well it is the same for your teeth.
This simple analogy helps our patient truly understand why we examine them so closely. If you have never been examined in that fashion before, then you never had a true "Comprehensive Dental Exam".
If you have any questions regarding this post, contact us at: 561-265-1998 , one of our representatives will be happy to assist you.
Article date: May. 05 2013
Type: Choosing A Dentist
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County