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Dental Exam

 A man smiling in the dentist chair with the dentist ready for a dental exam. Dental exams are an important piece of preventive dentistry. The goal of preventive dentistry is to try to prevent oral disease and care for the teeth and gums by keeping them healthy. A dental exam is likely to take about a half an hour. The dentist will take photos in the exterior and interior part of the mouth, so as to see the gum tissue and soft tissues in the mouth. During the exam, the dentist will also screen for oral cancer and check for any oral irregularities. Our dentist at will check the condition of each tooth, thoroughly check your gums, bone tissue, and your jaw. Dental x-rays may be used to help in detecting any oral health issues.

Checking Your Gums

During the dental exam, the dentist checks the gums so as to detect any issue with the gums. Early signs of gum disease can be reversed. If it advances on to the later stages of periodontitis, it cannot be cured, only treated. Detecting gingivitis will help the dentist come up with appropriate treatment options for you and this will help maintain healthy gums. If gum disease is left untreated it will eventually bring about tooth loss and can be a host for many other oral health issues. Treating this early will protect you from developing additional complications.

Examining Your Teeth for Damage

During your dental exam, our dentist and hygienist will check your teeth for chips and cracks. These can cause pain, sensitivity, and discomfort. The dentist will check if you have existing fillings and will analyze them, and at the same time check if you are at risk of developing cavities. The dentist will identify whether you need restorative or preventive treatments by doing a tooth by tooth exam.

Aesthetic Evaluation

The dentist will do an examination to evaluate any cosmetic dentistry treatments that you might need if you have any missing teeth. If you have stained teeth the dentist may recommend a whitening procedure and will even determine if you need corrective treatment for misaligned or crooked teeth. At Forest Grove Dental Studio we want ensure that you have a healthy smile as well as one that brings you confidence.

Bite Analysis

During your dental examination, the dentist will analyze your bite. When you have an incorrect bite, it can bring about problems like excessive tooth wear, loose teeth, and can even develop into temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). If the dentist treats the occlusion it will help in correcting and treating these conditions.

Oral Cancer Screening

This is an important part of your dental exam that the dentist should always perform. With the rising number of cancer cases globally, having an oral cancer screening during your regular dental exam help us keep an eye on your oral health. If you have oral cancer the dentist is likely to see red or white spots in the oral cavity, or lumps in your mouth. You may have sores that bleed easily, pain and numbness in the mouth, and you may have difficulty swallowing and chewing. Our dentist at Forest Grove Dental Studio will screen for oral cancer during your visit with us.

Schedule an Appointment with Us

We recommend having a dental exam with us every six months. If you are due for an exam, please contact Forest Grove Dental Studio by calling (971) 397-6361 to schedule your next appointment.

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