Fort Wayne Veneers and Implants

Dental Exams and X-Rays

Routine dental exams are important to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Additionally, they can help to avoid the financial costs associated with large treatment plans later on. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends an oral examination twice a year for all ages.  At this frequency, most problems can be detected at an early stage.

How it's done 
Dr. Cooper first examines your mouth visually, using dental instruments such as mouth mirrors and dental explorers.  He will check for decay and any other areas needing attention, as well as review other important items such as:

  • Medical history review: The dentist will assess how any new medical conditions or illnesses may affect your dental health.
  • Examination for tooth decay.
  • 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 evaluated.
  • Additionally, the staff will take diagnostic digital x-rays (which limits your exposure time to radiation) and to reveal any other hidden problems, especially in the areas below the gums. Bitewing x-rays are typically taken every 12 months and a panographic x-ray or full mouth series of x-rays are taken every 3-5 years.