Dental Exams and X-Rays in Canton, OH
A dental exam should be conducted every 3 to 6 months, depending upon an individual's needs. Because undetected dental problems can quickly and silently become major health issues, it is important that the following items are included in your regular dental exam:
- Medical history review: Dr. Danner and his team will assess how any new medical conditions or illnesses may affect your dental health.
- Evaluation for tooth decay: Your mouth will be checked for cracked or decayed teeth.
- Oral cancer screening: The face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums will be checked for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: Your gums and bone around the teeth will be checked for any evidence of periodontal disease.
- Evaluation of existing restorations: Any current fillings, crowns, and other restorations are checked for stability and functioning as intended.
- Cosmetic Smile Analysis: evaluating the color of your teeth and possiblities for esthetically enhancing your smile.
- Oral Hygiene Evaluation: evaluating the effectiveness of your home care routine and making recommendations if changes are needed.
- Functional Evaluation of the Dentition: Visual examination of worn or cracked areas which indicate clenching, grinding and sleep apnea issues.
- Orthodontic Evaluation: checking for malpositioned or shifting teeth.
Additionally, you will need diagnostic x-rays to reveal any other hidden problems, especially in the areas below the gums. Computerized digital xrays to evaluate for decay (bitewing x-rays) are typically taken every 12 months and a complete series of xrays of the mouth or a panographic x-ray (which shows the entire upper and lower jaw, and jaw joint) is taken every 3-5 years. (see the Digital Xray Tab for more info)