Dentistry is actually a subtle art. This is most apparent in cosmetic dentistry where aesthetics are at the forefront, but it also matters in preventive dentistry. Common issues such tooth decay and gum disease start very slow and progress gradually. Most people will not notice them until it’s too late. The only way to catch them early and treat them easily is with a comprehensive exam with your dentist in Cherry Hill, Dr. Barry Polansky. His step-by-step method will check every part of your teeth and mouth to make sure everything is alright. Today, we’re going to break down each part of the exam so you know exactly what to expect when you come in to get one.
1. Cavity Detection
A cavity is most manageable when it is caught early, and Dr. Polansky uses the most advanced tools available to do so. Using a DIAGNOdent laser, he will be able to create a digital readout of your teeth that will detect even the smallest signs of tooth decay. Once he knows about it, he can quickly treat it and save you from further decay.
2. Periodontal Evaluation
The gums are just as important to your oral health as your teeth. They protect your teeth’s sensitive roots, and help supply them with nourishing blood. During this part of the exam, Dr. Polansky will check your gums for signs of gum disease, and advise you on how to prevent it in the future.
3. Oral Cancer Screening
Early detection of oral cancer is the highest contributing factor to successful treatment. People who are diagnosed early have an 80-90% survival rate, as opposed to to 20% after just a few years. Dr. Polansky will check your mouth and throat for growths and sores that may indicate oral cancer, and advise you on what will be the best course of treatment.
Your teeth play a large part in how your jaw fits together. Anything that disrupts it (like crowding or missing teeth) needs to be addressed. Dr. Polansky will see how your teeth fit together and let you know if orthodontic treatment is necessary.
5. Existing Dental Work
Crowns, fillings, and bridges all change over time, so they need to be checked regularly. Dr. Polansky will examine all of your current dental work to make sure it is in good shape, and let you know if you need to get any of it replaced.
6. TMJ Health
The temporomandibular joints, or TMJ, are the small hinges in front of your ears that enables your jaw to move fluidly while eating or speaking. Problems with the TMJ can lead to teeth-grinding, jaw pain, and even chronic headaches. Dr. Polansky will check your TMJ’s health and make sure they are working correctly.
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While this exam is very thorough, it takes less than an hour to complete. It will help Dr. Polansky come up with a treatment plan for any issues that you might have, and can help save you time and discomfort in the future. You only need to have one twice a year to assure your long-term oral health. It goes a long way in preventing small problems from becoming larger ones.
If you have any other questions about how a comprehensive exam works, or want to schedule one today, please give us a call.