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During your initial visit, your dentist will give you a comprehensive exam. The dentist and hygienist assigned to you will make sure to:
Examine diagnostic x-rays (radiographs):
Necessary for finding decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. These x-rays are also used to diagnose developmental problems of teeth growing in.
Screen for oral cancer:
Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
Check for gum disease:
Examination of the gums and bone around the teeth to find any signs of periodontal disease.
Check for tooth decay:
Use of special dental instruments to test all tooth surfaces for decay.
Examine existing restorations:
Check current fillings, crowns, and other restorations