Leaving your dental health for times when your teeth or gums hurt is unreasonable. It is far more cost-effective and health conscious to adopt preventative measures instead of waiting until there is a problem. Prevention includes comprehensive dental exams. At Texas Denture Clinic, your exams are thorough so you can be rest assured that we are checking everything from the tissue to the teeth. We even check the temporomandibular joint. Problems in any of these areas can compromise your dental health, and we want to make sure your mouth stays healthy and free of painful maladies.
One of the most crucial parts of a dental exam is an x-ray. Texas Denture Clinic will take digital x-rays of both arches. We use only the best and most modern x-ray technology, so we do not miss anything. Because we are able to analyze your x-rays with the help of a computer, the images are better than ever, and we can pick up even difficult to diagnose dental health issues. This, along with the physical examinations of the mouth, helps us find problems that affect all areas of the mouth, such as oral cancer. The best part is that you are under less radiation exposure when we take digital x-rays of your mouth.
We are able to do a lot with our digital x-rays, including checking structure. However, that does little to help you. That is why we offer digital dental photographs. These help our patients see any issues and help our dentists explain them to you, so you understand your problems and your treatment options.
Gum Exams and Charting
The overall health of your mouth is dependent on your gums. They are an exceptionally good indicator of your oral health. Every time we give you an exam, we include a periodontal checkup. We also chart your gums. This means taking measurements of your gum pockets to see if they are big enough to cause concern or if they are growing due to something like gingivitis.
TMJ and Bite Analysis
Your lower jaw or mandible attaches to the skull by the two temporomandibular joints on either side of your face. Problems in these joints can lead to dental problems, due to pain, grinding, locking and clenching. If you are experiencing any of those symptoms or popping sounds in the joint, talk to your Texas Denture Clinic dentist about it. You may require a mouth guard to keep your teeth safe from grinding and clenching or a bite adjustment to reduce pain and friction.
Of course, Texas Denture Clinic examinations include analysis of all of your teeth. A dentist will carefully look at every tooth to warn you of areas of concern or tell you about treatments for issues that are already there. We use all of the most modern techniques for cavity detection, meaning that you may even be able to stop the problem before it requires a filling or a root canal. Moreover, even if you cannot stop the damage, catching it early means a smaller filling and a higher probability of keeping the tooth.
We know that your dental examinations are what keep your mouth healthy. That is why we do each of them with care and precision. If you require treatment, we will offer you the best treatment available, administer it in a professional and caring manner and help make sure it does not happen again in the future. We want you to have a natural, healthy smile, and the first step to doing that is regular checkups at our office.