Why do I need to have regular examinations?

The condition of your teeth and soft tissues changes throughout the course of your life.  Tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancers don't appear overnight and worsen with time.  It is important to have a thorough examination of both the teeth and the soft tissues of the mouth to make sure new problems aren't developing, as they are much easier to correct in their early stages.

What does the examination consist of?

A full set of x-rays, or radiographs, are generally taken at your first appointment.  After that it is usually limited to just a few a year.  At each examination each tooth will be carefully looked at for any signs of decay, periodontal disease, cracks, or anything else that could affect the future of the tooth.  Your soft tissues will also be examined for any abnormalities.  We also have an intraoral camera to take photographs so you can see what we see and come to understand everything you need to know about any conditions that may be present.