A Routine Dental Exam Can Safeguard Your Oral Health
Along with regular cleanings and a healthy at-home oral hygiene routine, a biannual dental exam is an important part of a preventative care plan for the entire family. Dental exams play an important role in helping Drs. Charles and Patrick Casey detect oral diseases before the onset of symptoms and maintain your oral health for years to come. If we detect a disease or oral health concern, we are able to provide most dental procedures in our modern, state-of-the-art office in Montreal, QC, to help you receive the necessary treatment all under one roof. Our doctors look forward to serving the oral health needs of your entire family, and we happily accommodate adults, children, and elders.
What to Expect
Unless you have a preexisting condition or immediate area of concern, we generally recommend scheduling a dental exam every six months. For most patients, exams consist of a visual oral health screening, imaging, and a professional cleaning.
Oral Cancer Screening
We conduct an oral cancer screening as a part of your general exam to identify areas of concern that might indicate the need for a biopsy. Signs of oral cancer or irregularities could include:
- Sores on your gums or soft tissue
- White spots
- Sores on your tongue
The National Center for Biotechnology Information deemed that a cancer screening is a cost-effective and efficient way of detecting oral cancer in its earliest stages and reducing your risk of mortality.
During your exam, we will assess your joint function and check for signs of wear on your back teeth, which could be indicators of teeth grinding or a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. We will also check for signs of gum disease such as deep pockets and tartar buildup and recommend the appropriate periodontal treatment if necessary. If we notice signs of early decay, we can recommend a composite filling to restore oral health while maintaining the color of your smile. We will also check your bite and determine whether you have any misalignment issues that can be corrected with orthodontic treatment.
During your biannual exam, our doctors are able to identify gum disease, tooth decay, and other diseases before the onset of more permanent, serious symptoms.
We may also conduct imaging such as x-rays to detect cavities and endodontic concerns that might not have immediately visible symptoms. Our practice also uses intraoral cameras to detect issues in hard-to-reach areas.
In most cases, we will perform a routine cleaning during your examination to gently remove the plaque on your teeth that is difficult to remove at home. Plaque can accumulate into tartar, which can spread underneath your gum line and cause serious periodontal concerns. We can also apply a fluoride treatment, which helps strengthen the enamel that protects your teeth from harmful bacteria.
The Importance of Regular Dental Exams
Regular exams allow our doctors to identify potential areas of concern before it is too late. Once severe decay or tooth loss occurs, you may require more expensive, extensive restorative treatments. If we identify an area of concern during your exam, we are usually able to provide the appropriate treatment at our office. We can also provide detailed instructions to help you maintain your oral health between appointments and prevent future disease. Although most patients can maintain their oral health by brushing and flossing at least two times per day, there are certain risk factors that could increase your chances of developing oral health issues, such as:
- Certain medications
- Genetic disposition
As these factors can increase your risk of developing concerns such as gum disease, we can help you develop an alternate customized plan.
Schedule Your Exam
A regular dental exam is an important part of maintaining the health and beauty of your smile. During your biannual exam, our doctors are able to identify gum disease, tooth decay, and other diseases before the onset of more permanent, serious symptoms. Schedule an appointment for your entire family today by calling us at (514) 937-6558 or contacting our team online.
“I felt more like I was talking to a friend than I was to a dentist.” Nancy Lanzolla, Former Patient