Dental Exams and X-Rays
Routine dental exams and hygiene visits are necessary to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Additionally, exams can help avoid the financial costs associated with extensive treatment plans later on. Many people feel that if they don't have pain there isn't a problem... that's simply not true. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends twice yearly checkups for people of all ages, so they are often coupled with twice-yearly cleaning appointments too. At this frequency, most oral health problems can be caught while they remain in an early stage.
How it's done:
Your Bayside general dentist Dr. Davantzis will first examine your mouth visually, using dental equipment such as mouth mirrors, high-intensity lights and other assorted dental instruments. The doctor will look for cracked or decayed teeth, as well as review other important items such as:
- Medical history: Dr. Davantzis will assess how any new medical conditions or illnesses may affect your dental health.
- Oral cancer screening: The face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums will be checked for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: Your gums and bone around the teeth will be checked for any evidence of periodontal disease.
- Examination of existing restorations: Current fillings, crowns, and other restorations are made sure to be in good order.
Dr. Davantzis will also take diagnostic x-rays of your mouth to reveal any other hidden problems, especially in the areas below the gum line. Bitewing x-rays are typically taken every 12 months and a panographic x-ray, which revolves around the head, is taken every 3-5 years.
To schedule your next exam, cleaning, or consulation with your Bayside family dentist, call today at (718) 279-9700 or Click Here to schedule an appointment.