A comprehensive dental exam
Performed by your Vancouver Dentist: Dr Stulz or Dr Vu at your initial dental visit.
At regular check-up exams, your Vancouver dentist and the hygienist will perform the following:
- Examination of diagnostic X-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions. Every patient’s frequency of dental X-rays depends on their risk of decay. This assessment is important to avoid excess and unnecessary radiation exposure.
- Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, et cetera.