We recently talked about your dental cleanings, but what about the exam portion of the visit? A routine exam is essential for protecting your oral health and preventing issues from growing more severe with time. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about what happens during your dental exam, and why people of all ages need to see us for one!
Checkups for Kids and Adults
A checkup means a chance for our team to carefully look at your teeth, gums, roots, jaws, and oral structures for the warning signs of developing oral health issues. For children, we watch for issues like tooth decay and gingivitis, and also to make sure baby teeth are falling out on schedule and that permanent teeth are erupting properly. We also look for the warning signs of developing misalignment. For teens, we watch for the wisdom teeth, and remove them before they erupt and alert the stability and health of the smile in negative ways.
For adults, we will look for signs of tooth decay and gingivitis, as well as gum disease and dental infection. We look for signs of wear and friction on the teeth tat could indicate bruxism (teeth grinding), and look for the jaw strain that be behind TMJ disorder. Our team will also screen for oral cancer once a year!
We not only want to make an accurate diagnosis, but we want to discover issues in the earliest stages, which allows us to provide care before you experience discomfort. To ensure care with precision, our team employs digital technology. Digital x-rays use a fraction of the radiation that traditional systems do, and the images are available instantly chairside. Intraoral cameras provide a series of detailed images, so we can identify issues in the early stages.
Moving Forward with Treatment
Following your diagnosis, we can decide if you need treatment and then schedule your next checkup appointment! For cavities, we can provide patients of all ages with a lifelike composite resin filling. We also have custom crowns that look natural too. For issues like TMJ disorder and bruxism, we could correct the trouble with an oral appliance. We even have natural-looking dental prosthetics to replace one or more missing teeth. If you have any questions about our checkup visits, or if you would like to schedule one for you or a member of your family, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Checkups?
We want to help you and your family maintain good oral health and avoid common issues, such as cavities or gum disease! Learn more about our exams by scheduling an appointment by calling Plaza Family Dentistry in Kansas City, MO, at (816) 531-8000.