What is a Comprehensive Dental Exam?
A comprehensive oral examination is a complete assessment and documentation of all hard and soft tissue in and around the mouth, neck, and throat areas. During your exam, we will ask many questions about your overall health.
Before your exam, we have you complete an intake form, which enables us to collect your dental and medical history. This information includes allergies, medications, previous hospitalisations or surgeries, and any medical conditions you may have. We also need to know about any history of adverse reactions to medications and any alcohol or smoking habits.
Your exam covers our assessment of your jaw joints, chewing muscles, occlusion (the way your teeth fit together), and the supporting tissues of your mouth (including the gums, tongue, and lips). We may also require dental X-rays for additional information about potential dental issues both now and in the future.
The Difference Between Standard and Comprehensive Dental Exams
A basic dental exam covers the overall condition of your teeth and mouth using tools such as a sickle probe, mirror, and rotary brush. A comprehensive exam is a much more in-depth exam that goes beyond the mouth, including teeth, gums, and oesophagus, to include your face, neck, and throat. Your comprehensive clinical exam often includes using other dental technology, tools, and imaging, such as digital X-rays.
Confidential, Comprehensive Exams at Our UK Dental Practice
Our private treatment planning room provides a unique environment where we can discuss your treatment needs and expectations away from the dental chair. This separate space allows us to talk about all aspects of your treatment and care with us, including any advantages, disadvantages, and risks.
We will provide you with an estimated cost and the associated time schedule for any proposed treatments.
Benefits of Comprehensive Exams
Comprehensive examination and treatment planning has been part of our offerings for many years. This thorough exam lays the foundation for better oral health for you and exemplifies the overall care and attention you will receive as a patient of smile2o.
Preparing for Your Comprehensive Dental Exam
As with any dental visit, brushing and flossing your teeth before your appointment is best. Cleaner teeth and gums are more accessible for the dental team to work with and make the examination process more efficient.
Make sure to let our dental hygienist or receptionist know before your comprehensive exam if you have any fears, anxiety, or phobias about visiting the dentist. We will take this into account when deciding where and how to conduct your dental exam. In some cases, a mild sedative may be used for people with particularly severe concerns to enable them to get through the exam in a safe, calm, and relaxed manner.
If you have concerns about your oral health or have noticed something in your mouth, gums, tongue, throat, or neck area, please tell us to check for any conditions during your comprehensive exam.