What We Look for at Your Dental Exam
Even if you go to the dentist every six months, right on schedule, you may wonder what exactly the dentist is looking for when he comes in to perform your exam. What can he learn from a quick look around your mouth in just a few minutes?
At Pacific Plains Dental we provide each of our patients with a comprehensive oral evaluation every six months. When Dr. Kuklenski comes in and asks you to open wide, there are a few main things he is looking for:
Oral cancer - This particularly challenging form of cancer is almost always first diagnosed by your dentist. Dr. Kuklenski is looking for any abnormal tissue or lesions that may indicate pre-cancerous growths. This part of your exam could save your life! This exam may be performed by the dentist or hygienist.
Dental decay - Decay often occurs in the grooves on the chewing surface of your teeth. Dr. Kuklenski can often see decay when it is very small, even before taking x-rays. By diagnosing decay early, we can treat it when it is less complicated or costly.
Cracked teeth - A cracked tooth is a dental emergency waiting to happen. If Dr. Kuklenski sees a sign of a crack in one of your teeth, he can recommend a crown to support it before it breaks down or splits, causing you pain.
Periodontal disease - Every comprehensive dental exam includes an inspection of your gums. Any inflammation, redness, or bleeding can indicate an infection. This part of your exam may be performed by the dental hygienist. If you have ever heard the part of the exam where we appear to be counting, it is probably a periodontal exam. Measuring the depths of the pockets between your teeth and gums can tell us a lot about your periodontal health.
If you are searching for a dentist to provide you with quality dental services in the Belton area, give us a call! We look forward to meeting you.