Since the dentist isn’t the favorite place for some people to spend their time at, it can be easy (and tempting) to put your dental check up on the back burner. But is this really a smart decision?
There are many things that may be going on in our mouths that we’re not aware of. More than likely, they are first found during a dental check up.
When you come to Raleigh Dental Arts, our dentist and staff will conduct a number of scans and evaluations to determine the state of your oral health. These may include:
- Digital X-Rays
Radiographs allow us to see what the naked eye can’t. There are various types of x-rays that we may take during your dental check up. Bitewing images allow us to see if there are cavities developing between teeth. Periapicals show us the root and bone around a tooth to check for abscesses and signs of periodontal disease. A cat-scan, or panorex will reveal the anatomy from the top of your nose to the bottom of your chin (including your TMJ and airway) so we can look for any abnormalities.
- Gum Disease Screening
During your dental check up we’ll screen for periodontal (gum) disease by using a special tool to take measurements along the gum line. The results will help us determine what course of action is best for your smile.
If left untreated, periodontal disease will worsen and can cause irreversible damage to your teeth and jaw bone. It’s easiest to get under control when it’s caught early. In order to avoid losing teeth due to gum disease, you shouldn’t avoid getting a dental check up.
- Oral Cancer Screening
Our Raleigh dentist is trained in identifying signs of oral cancer and precancerous tissues. If a suspicious lesion is found, it can be biopsied and examined further. When facing oral cancer, you’ll be relieved to know that you didn’t skip out on your dental check up.
- TMJ Screening
The TMJ or jaw joint will also be evaluated during your dental check up. If you experience any popping or clicking noises, you may have TMJ disorder. Problems can result in significant pain and restricted opening.
If you have signs of TMJ problems, there are therapeutic measures that we can take to help ensure you don’t suffer from a flare-up.
- Oral Exam
Finally, there’s the traditional oral exam that takes place during your dental check up. Our Raleigh dentist will thoroughly examine all of your teeth to look for decay, cracks, as well as broken teeth or damaged restorations.
The goal here is to catch issues before they’re too bad to repair. The longer a bad tooth goes untreated, the worse the condition gets, which means more invasive, costly, and lengthy repairing them will be. Intervening earlier (when they’re first diagnosed) helps the necessary restorations to be less invasive.
Schedule Your Raleigh Dental Check Up
Dental check ups should be scheduled at least twice per year, or sooner if needed. If it’s been longer than that, give Raleigh Dental Arts a call today to schedule.