scope of dental examination

scope of dental examination
The dental examination - An examination of the mouth, gums, and teeth by a dentist as a routine check or during the assessment of a suspected problem.

Routine examinations are recommended so that tooth decay (see caries, dental), gum disease (see gingivitis), or mouth cancer can be detected and treated at an early stage, before they cause serious damage. During the examination, the dentist uses a metal instrument to probe for dental cavities, chipped teeth, or fillings. Dental X-rays are sometimes carried out to detect problems, for example with the jaw, that may not be visible.

The dentist also checks the bite, that is how well the upper and the lower teeth come together. Regular examinations in children enable a dentist to monitor the replacement of primary teeth by permanent, or secondary, teeth. Referral for orthodontic treatment may be made.


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