Dental Exams & Cleanings
During your initial appointment, the dentist and hygienist will perform a comprehensive dental exam. This exam will include reading your x-rays for decay, bone loss, and other issues that the doctor is unable to see with the naked eye. This exam will also include an oral cancer screening, gum disease evaluation, and an examination of tooth decay. The dentist will also examine the condition of existing fillings, crowns, etc.
As mentioned above, your dental visit will include a set of dental radiographs or x-rays. Your dentist will use these x-rays to diagnose problems that may not be visible during a regular dental exam.