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What Is A Comprehensive Oral Exam?

What is a comprehensive oral exam?

An all-inclusive assessment, as well as a recording of all hard and soft, intra, and extraoral tissues is known as a comprehensive oral exam.

In addition, a dental checkup otherwise known as recare exam refers to an examination that is performed on established patients in order to find out any changes in a person’s health status and dental condition since a previous periodic or comprehensive evaluation.

This form of extensive dental exam brings about routine dental checkup.

We are often told that our mouth serves as the window into the body. In relation to this, a lot of different medical conditions may be pointed out through a comprehensive oral exam prior symptoms emerge in the body.

Cardiovascular problems, undiagnosed or poorly controlled diabetes, sinus problems, systemic disorders such as oral cancer, high blood pressure, and immune abnormalities are just some of the examples. By performing a comprehensive exam, dental professionals can formulate a strategy for long-term dental and overall health.

What to expect in a comprehensive oral exam?

At Hawaii Family Dental, our comprehensive oral exam is composed of processes to ensure that our patients get the best care for the achievement of a healthier smile.

We first gather the patient’s dental and medical history. Moreover, it is essential to record any current vitamins, medications, or natural remedies being taken.

Allergies, previous hospitalizations, and surgeries, as well as any medical conditions, should also be noted.

Aside from all these, it is pivotal to keep a record of any negative reactions, previous experiences, or family member reactions to anesthesia.

The patient should also inform the dental professional if he or she frequently smokes or drinks alcohol.

Then, hinging on the patient’s needs, a series of x-rays will be taken. Typically, a full mouth series of roughly ten to eighteen films is taken during a comprehensive oral exam.

Please be guided that this series of x-rays precisely show each tooth and the structures that support the teeth. This shall help figure out abnormalities that can’t be seen by the naked eye alone.

Afterward, a manual and visual oral screening of the lymph nodes underneath the neck and chin area, as well as behind and in front of the ears will also be performed.

Dental professionals will look for flexibility, tenderness, and pain felt in the nodes. Likewise, the inner part of the mouth including the soft and hard palate, the inner and outer part of the lips, the borders, the floor of the mouth, the surfaces of the cheeks, frenums, behind the molars, and the lips will all be carefully screened.

More than that, TMJ will be checked for any pains in the jaw and joint area, chewing issues, and mouth opening abilities. The patient will also undergo and complete a gingival and periodontal assessment which comprises of intense 6 measurements of pocket depths on each tooth.

Here, bone loss is measured, and teeth mobility is checked. This is performed to pinpoint any indications of gum problems. Also, things that need to be noted include gum recession, bleeding, calculus buildup, and swelling.

Indeed, the patient’s bite will be evaluated and this may include outlining the teeth that are crowded, crooked, overbite, spaced too far apart, crossbite, or open bite.  Wear of teeth, decay, treatments that need to be performed, impactions, work done, positions of teeth, and a cavity check will all be recorded as well.

The patient will be assured that any valuable findings will be clearly discussed to him or her. A treatment plan will be devised which shall consolidate his/her urgent, intermediate, and long-term oral requirements.

Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.


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