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Comprehensive Exams

The American Dental Associations (ADA) define a 'comprehensive oral Exam " as an extensive evaluation and the recording of all extraoral, intraoral and soft tissues”.

The American Dental Association (ADA) defines periodic oral exam as “ exam that is done on established patients to determine any changes in dental and health status since a previous comprehensive or periodic evaluation”.

The ADA advises patients to undertake a comprehensive dental exam during their first visit. It is also recommended that all patients have this exam every three years.

A comprehensive dental exam takes enormous time.  It comprises of:

  • Periodontal exam  to check the gum and bones around the teeth
  • Dental examination of the teeth
  • Examining the head and the neck for cancer
  • Bite analysis exam
  • Jaw joints Examination
  • X-rays and various scan examination
  • Quantity and quality of saliva function examination
  • Aesthetic exam (tooth appearance and gums related to the face)

A comprehensive exam is an all-inclusive examination to furnish your dentist with all necessary information about your dental health. You have to be examined before you undertake the following procedures:

  • Esthetic procedure
  • Implants
  • New dentures
  • Medical disease diagnosis
  •  Old dental restorations updating

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