Comprehensive Examinations

Why do I need a comprehensive examination and how frequently should I have an examination?

Example: A Comprehensive Examination includes

  • Soft Tissue check
  • Jaw Joints check
  • Teeth check
  • Radiographs

Coral Coast Dental recommends all new patients at the practice have a full thorough examination. In this appointment one of the Oral Health Providers will take two bitewing radiographs left and right to check for dental caries and a full jaw radiograph to check the full anatomy of the mouth checking the bone depth, sinus cavities, and for any abnormalities such as cysts, abscesses or tumours. The Dentist will also check the mouth thoroughly and do an oral screening checking your soft tissues for any oral cancers and abnormalities. Your cheeks, lips, tongue, throat and palate will be checked making sure they are healthy. In this appointment the doctor will give the patient any treatment estimates and go through the treatment estimates and provide the patient with any brochures relevant to treatment proposed.

Coral Coast Dental recommends a periodic examination every 6 months and every two years a comprehensive examination to be repeated, retaking the bitewings radiographs.

Can the Dentist still do an examination if I choose not to have radiographs?

Radiographs are a necessary component of a dental examination as they allow the Oral Health Provider to check for dental problems in between the teeth and under previous restorations. Some dental conditions cannot be diagnosed without these radiographs. If they go undetected may result in it, becoming a serious concern and possibly requiring more treatment than if it had of been detected earlier.