Routine Dental Examination
A routine dental examination is an important aspect of preventative dental care.
How often do I need one?
This examination will be carried out at regular time interval agreed by you and your dentist. The intervals between individual may vary from 3 to 24 months and are dependent on multiple factors including, previous findings and treatments and your risk factors for decay (caries) and gum disease.
How long do I need?
Our routine dental examinations can be between 15 to 30 minutes.
The appointment time is dependent on a number of factors such as previous risk factors for decay (caries), gum disease (periodontitis) and risk of failing restorations (areas placed under observation/watch previously).
We always aim to give you as much time as needed.
Why is it important?
Routine dental examinations are an important pillar of preventative dentistry. Early detection of dental problems allows for minimal discomfort, minimal intervention, minimal time and minimal cost.
The routine examination builds on the assessment made on your initial examination.
- Assessment to consider the possible impact of your medical, dental and social history on your treatment goals and current oral health.
- Examination for tooth decay: we check for signs of tooth decay and consider possible risk factors such as diet or tooth cleaning habits.
- Examination of existing restorations: we examine the condition and structural integrity of existing restorations such as fillings and crowns.
- Gum disease evaluation: we check the gums and the bone around the teeth for any signs of gingivitis or periodontitis.
- Oral cancer screening: we examine your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat cheeks, and gums for any signs of oral cancer. This is one step in your dental exam which can be a lifesaver.
- Examination for halitosis: bad breath
How often do I need an x-ray (radiograph)?
Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): radiographs can be important in detection of decay, tumours, cysts, bone levels and assessment of existing restorations and tooth anatomy.
Therefore the number, type and frequency of radiographs (x-rays) are dependent on the risk factors for gum disease, decay (caries) or restoration failures assessed by your dentists.
At Boston House we follow all relevant guidelines and, as a matter of course, aim to minimise the number of x-rays taken.
If you have access to your previous x-rays (radiographs) taken at another dental practice, please inform us as with the appropriate permission, we can help you to obtain them.