Dental Exams and X-Rays
You should visit your 77098 dentist every six months for a thorough dental exam. Generally, on the same visit you will receive a professional dental cleaning by a trained dental hygienist.
If you have dental checkups less often, or worse yet don’t come in until there’s an obvious problem with your teeth, you risk letting problems get out of hand. When you stick to a twice-a-year schedule, your dentist will likely be able to catch any problems at an early enough stage that treatment is still possible, is most likely to succeed, and may well cost considerably less than if you had waited. The dental examination is a key part of safeguarding the health of your teeth and gums.
Your dentist will first take certain information from you. Then your dentist will carefully examine the inside of your mouth with assorted dental tools, mouth mirrors, and bright lights. Your examination may also include x-rays.
Dental x-rays are of two types. Bitewing x-rays are typically taken once a year. Panographic x-rays are typically taken once every three to five years.
What is Your 77098 Dentist Looking For?
A dentist is seeking different types of information in a dental exam:
• Medical history: Your overall past and present health can affect, and be affected by, your dental health specifically.
• Oral cancer: Signs of oral cancer can be found in the face, lips, tongue, gums, throat, and neck.
• Tooth decay: Your teeth will be checked closely for any cavities, cracks, chips, decay, etc.
• Gum disease: In order to check for any periodontal disease, your gums and the bone structure around your teeth will be carefully examined.
• Existing dental work: It is also important to look over any current fillings, crowns, or other work to make sure everything is as it should be and no follow-up work is needed.