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Exam and Radiography

Upon you Visit, Dr. Ego-Osuala will perform a comprehensive dental exam.  At regular check-up/exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following:

 
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
 
  • 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.
 
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease or oral cancer.
 
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc. 

Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is an essential, preventative, diagnostic tool that provides valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam.  Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.  Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected. Dental x-rays may reveal the below and early detection and treatment of dental problems may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

 
  • Bone loss
 
  • Developmental abnormalities.
 
  • Abscesses and cysts
 
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
 
  • Decay between the teeth
 
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
 
  • Poor tooth and root positions.

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease and completion of you clinical examination. The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. 

A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients.  A full series is usually good for three to five years.  Bitewing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.