Complete dental Exam
A complete dental exam is more thorough and detailed than a routine checkup. It is recommended any time you visit a new dentist to obtain the full picture of your dental health. It is usually conducted during your initial visit to our practice, following your dental hygiene session-cleaning. However, if you have not had regular dental checkups, it can also be recommended to determine if there have been any changes in your general health or in your dental condition since your last dental exam.
What is included in the comprehensive examination?
First we will review your dental and medical history. Then we will discuss about your concerns and objectives.
A full set of x-rays will be taken to help us identify and diagnose any areas of concern. With help of XRays, the dentist will detect the presence of cavities under existing fillings. He will also check for any bone loss or cysts and any other possible abnormalities in the oral cavity.
Existing dental work such as fillings, crowns or root canal treatments will be documented in your patient file
The dentist will perform a thorough visual examination to evaluate the health of the teeth, gums, surrounding tissues, bite and joints.
- Your teeth: We examine every tooth for possible damage, including cracks and chips that may cause discomfort. We also check existing fillings or restorations to detect decay or early signs of cavities. We will also verify the condition of previous dental work.
- Your gums: We examine the condition of your gums and identify signs of gum disease, such as bleeding or inflammation and check for periodontal pockets, which can lead to tooth and bone loss. Based on this screening, a complete periodontal exam may be recommended.
- Your soft tissues: We look for early signs of mouth or throat cancer and other suspicious growths or cysts, and check your tongue as well as the roof and floor of your mouth to discard any signs of bleeding or inflammation.
- Your joints and bite (occlusion): We check your masticatory system including the position of your teeth and the temporomandibular joint and look for signs of teeth grinding or clenching.
Once the examination is complete, Dr. Mauricio Galvis West Island dentist in Pointe-Claire, will explain his findings to you, listen to your concerns and discuss any issues you may have. We will create your individualized treatment plan, which will include solutions to treat existing conditions before they progress as well as measures to prevent dental problems from developing. Dr. Galvis will also discuss any cosmetic procedures you may want to consider and include his recommendations in the treatment plan.