When you come for a full mouth examination here at Hamilton Family Dental, we’ll have a thorough look to identify any problem areas in your mouth so that we can plan the best possible treatment for your oral care needs.
Our dentist will use a metal probe with a small, angled mirror to look behind your teeth and gums and check for any softening of tooth enamel and dentin. They will also look out for swellings of the gums, mouth sores, and redness.
Finally, your dentist will measure your periodontal pockets. These are the spaces between the top of the gum line and where the tissues attach to the tooth. This is an integral part of a full mouth examination, as excessively deep periodontal pockets can be a sign of gum disease.
Dental x-ray pictures are an important part of your check-up. By taking x-ray pictures of your mouth, your dentist will be able to see if there are any issues below the surface.
During your x-ray, you’ll bite down on a piece of specially designed plastic while an x-ray imaging machine is briefly placed against your cheek.
The resulting image will show both the visible parts of the teeth and the roots below the gum line and your jawbones. By including x-rays in a full mouth examination, your dentist can get a comprehensive look into your mouth situation and offer you oral care guidance as necessary.
At Hamilton Family Dental, we recommend using digital x-rays. These allow for easier storage, take less time and emit up to 90% less radiation than traditional x-ray machines. This means shorter, more convenient, and safer visits for you!
The dentist will use your x-rays to see if there is any loss of bone, fractures, or other abnormalities below your visible gum line. They’ll then look for issues with jaw alignment, teeth grinding and oral cancer.
As part of your full mouth examination, your dentist will also feel your jawbones from the outside of your mouth while you bite down. That way, they can ensure that your bite is smooth, aligned and that there is no clicking or popping from your jaw joints. They’ll also inspect the grooves of your teeth to see whether any of them have been cracked or smoothed down due to grinding or clenching of the jaw.
Finally, your dentist will gently feel behind your jaw and neck to look for signs of oral cancer.
Once this is done, your dentist will have a complete understanding of your oral health needs and will be able to prescribe any necessary treatments
After your full mouth examination, your dentist will advise you on your next steps. This may involve scheduling another appointment for a procedure or simple guidance on at-home care.
It’s essential that you listen carefully to your dentist’s guidance and put it into action as best as you can. That way, you can ensure that your mouth is as healthy as it can be.
Make sure to schedule your next routine check-up for a date six months away. That’s the easiest way to ensure you don’t forget regular check-ups. Even if you’re diligent about looking after your oral health, there’s no better protection against dental issues than professional cleaning and monitoring.
Is it time for your next dental check-up? Contact the team here at Hamilton Family Dental at 07-9498492, or click here to book an appointment with us.