Dental exams 2020-02-06T15:24:37+00:00

COMPLETE DENTAL EXAMS

At Clinique dentaire Charles Trottier, we believe that there is a solution for every situation. That’s why we offer the most comprehensive dental exams available in the area.

Prevention is the best medicine!

Our approach is based firmly on prevention. This includes regular checkups and x-rays, and proven tips and techniques for good dental hygiene; we are committed to helping you maintain healthy habits and preventing problems from occurring.A complete profile of your oral and general health will give us an overview of your needs and wants.

Have any questions about dental exams?

WHAT DO DENTAL EXAMS INCLUDE?
Regular dental exams are the best way to make sure your gums and teeth stay healthy. The dental exam allows your dentist to diagnose problems and to take the necessary measures to prevent them from worsening.
Your dentist understands the treatment alternatives available to you and can help you make informed decisions about your dental care. But you have a role to play as well!
To prevent many of the common dental problems associated with growing older, you need to brush and floss properly, visit your dentist regularly for a professional cleaning, a dental exam, and any other necessary treatment. Be sure to also update your dentist on your medical history, including any new medications you’re taking.Source: Canadian Dental Association
DO I NEED A DENTAL EXAM?
Yes. Everyone needs regular preventive dental exams. Even if you are diligent about brushing and flossing, your teeth and gums still need regular care from a dental professional. Dental exams are equally important if you wear dentures, have dental implants, or are taking medication that affects your mouth in some way, such as causing dry mouth or overgrown gums.

Frequency of visits

How often you go for a dental exam depends on your oral health needs. The goal is to detect minor problems early. For many people, this means a dental exam every six months. Your dentist may suggest that you visit more or less often depending on how well you care for your teeth and gums, problems you have that need to be checked or treated, how fast tartar builds up on your teeth, and so on.

Ten conditions that only your dentist can detect

No matter how carefully you take care of your teeth and gums, or how carefully you look for signs of problems, there are a number of oral health conditions that only your dentist can see:

  1. Deterioration in fillings, crowns and other restorations
  2. Root cavities—decay on roots of teeth exposed by receding gums
  3. Periodontal pockets caused by gum disease
  4. New decay under the gum line
  5. Cavities under existing fillings
  6. Hairline tooth fractures
  7. Impacted wisdom teeth
  8. Early signs of gum disease
  9. Early signs of oral cancer
  10. Signs of other problems that could affect your general health

Source: Canadian Dental Association

WILL MY DENTIST TAKE X-RAYS?
X-rays may or may not be a regular part of your checkup, and your dentist will only take them if there is a need. X-rays help your dentist see problems long before they get too serious. Some of the things that x-rays can help uncover are:

  • Cavities between teeth, under the gums, and around old fillings
  • Bone loss caused by gum disease
  • Teeth that are trapped (or impacted) in the gums, such as wisdom teeth
  • Long or crooked tooth roots that will need special care if you have a treatment such as a root canal
  • Infections at the roots of teeth with deep cavities
  • Cracks in teeth
  • Problems with the bone holding the tooth in place

Source: Canadian Dental Association