This comprehensive exam which usually takes an hour includes your overall health and oral hygiene, teeth and periodontal evaluation which is a tooth by tooth gum and bone evaluation, visual examination, diagnostic , treatment plan recommendation , X-rays and assess your need for fluoride therapy . Your risk of tooth decay, root infection and your need for tooth restoration or tooth replacement will be evaluated also. The bite, occlusion and jaws relations for problems will be checked. In our modern office we offer digital X-rays also. In your comprehensive exam Dr.Hakim will discuss the entire recommended treatment plan with you and answers all of your questions. Pre- treatment pictures may be taken on the exam day too.
X-rays that may be required, include:
In some cases, Dr.Hakim recommend making a dental impression of one or both jaws for a pre- treatment study casts.
This can help to evaluate your bite or make an occlusal guard or whitening trays.
After the first exam, you may need only one set of bite wings X-ray per year and only two periodic exams per year with your regular
cleaning( A full X -rays is only needed every 2-3 years after the comprehensive exam). We also provide gum disease
treatment (deep cleaning and antibiotic placement) on the first compressive exam visit if it is needed. Some medically complicated patients may need
exam more than twice in a year.
Oral cancer Test
During your dental exam, Dr.Hakim will look for signs of oral cancer. She will check and feel the Lymph nodes located under your jaw, the sides of your neck, and the insides of your lips and cheeks, as well as examine the sides of your tongue and the roof and floor of your mouth. We offer OralID cancer test http://www.forwardscience.com/oralid for a very affordable price in our office. Oral Cancer test is recommended once per year for adult 18 years and older.