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Oral Exams Tustin and Santa Ana
The oral exam is perhaps the most important part of any person’s health care. It is often how other health problems are diagnosed and treated. Many diseases are frequently detected because of early signs that appear in the mouth.
The general dentists of LifeTime Smiles of OC, who provide oral exams to Santa Ana, Tustin and the nearby areas, recommend everyone see their dentists routinely at six-month intervals. This regimen ensures regular plaque and tartar removal and continuous monitoring of the patient’s oral health.
A comprehensive oral exam is performed at each visit. It will often include capturing a set of dental X-rays, especially for patients with genetic disorders such as supernumerary teeth.
During the exam, it is important to let the dentist know about any new medications or health treatments to ensure that the prescribed medications do not interact with each other.
The possible venues of treatment are discussed in detail allowing the patient to make an educated decision about their treatment. In many cases, the cost plays a major role in the decision making. It is important to understand that most cosmetic dentistry treatments are not typically covered by dental insurance. Restorative dentistry treatments for functional issues that affect speaking or chewing are usually covered by the insurance providers and bear no cost to the patient.
During the first initial oral exam, Tustin and Santa Ana dentists at LifeTime Smiles of OC examine all of the patient’s teeth, along with the surrounding soft tissues including the gums, tongue, cheeks and palate of the mouth. The bone structure is viewed through the X-rays, and the patient is made aware of any oral issues they may have.
A dental probe is used to determine the presence of any periodontal disease. At the same time, any lesions can be inspected and biopsied for cancerous possibilities and treated early to avoid any further spreading to the other organs of the body. Additionally, any occlusal issues can be corrected with simple adjustments allowing the patient to speak and chew comfortably.
An oral exam will also reveal any TMJ problems and allow the dentist to provide viable treatment.
During the appointment, most dental issues are diagnosed and the treatment plan is formed to accommodate each patient’s unique needs and expectations. This could include the placement of restorations such as dental implants, crowns, bridges or fillings. Cosmetic options like teeth whitening or porcelain veneers can also be discussed with patients that desire a more beautiful smile.
For patients with several medical issues, the dentist will work closely with the patient’s family doctor to ensure best possible outcome. Any medications prescribed are typically approved by both the medical and dental providers to protect the patient’s safety and comfort. All records are kept confidential and are only revealed to the patient or the person they appoint as their guardian.
Schedule an Oral Exam in Tustin / Santa Ana
If you would like to book an oral exam appointment with the talented dentists at LifeTime Smiles of OC, please give us a call or send us an email today.