Dental examination or basic oral examination is an appointment with which comprehensive dental care is begun or oral health is monitored in accordance with individual needs. During the examination, general health of the mouth and teeth, which is an important part of overall health, is determined. Dental inspection should be attended every 1-3 years.
What does dental examination include?
Before the appointment, we will go over your initial information with you (such as general illnesses, medication) and estimate the effect on oral health.
If many medications are being used, it is recommended that the patient brings a list of the medication used with them. Dentists require comprehensive background information of their patients in order to carry out a thorough examination.
During the examination, the dentist examines your teeth as well as the condition of the surrounding periodontal tissue (the gums) and the oral mucosa. If necessary, X-rays will be taken to supplement the visual examination.
Attention is paid to the functionality of the teeth by observing factors related to the occlusion and particularly by listening to the patient. Problems may also be latent. For instance, chronic infections on the tip of the roots within the bone can be completely symptomless and X-rays are needed in order to discover them. Gum diseases are often only discovered during an examination carried out by a dentist.
Even if the patient does not have teeth and uses dentures, it is important to have them checked regularly to rule out changes in oral mucous membranes.
Why is regular dental examination important?
Chronic infections of the mouth are risk factors and predispose cardiovascular diseases, for instance. They can also be underlying factors for a stroke. Oral infections also worsen the stability of many chronic diseases such as rheumatism and diabetes.
Regular examinations are necessary also because there are always changes in the mouth that should be monitored such as early-phase caries. It is also worth it to have already carried out treatments checked to ensure the given treatment was successful.
By timing active treatment correctly, better treatment outcomes are achieved, and costs are kept lower. Your own dentist knows your mouth; he/she knows how to make a long-term treatment plan for you. This way the burden of the treatment and the costs can be spread out and completed within a longer time frame.
Your individual treatment needs and an evaluation of the costs are determined based on the examination. By discussing the matters with you, we can create a treatment plan that is best suitable for your individual needs.