A ‘comprehensive oral exam’ involves the extensive evaluation that involves recording all intraoral, extraoral,  and soft tissues.

A ‘periodic oral exam’ is an exam done on established patients to determine changes in dental and health status since a previous periodic or comprehensive evaluation.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that existing patients undergo a comprehensive exam every 3 years and new patients have a comprehensive dental exam on their first visit.

A comprehensive dental exam requires one complete appointment and includes the following:

Areas to check:

  • Periodontal exam
  • Dental Exam (teeth)
  • Occlusal Exam (Bite analysis)
  • Radiographic Exam (x-rays and various scans)
  • Head and Neck Cancer Exam (soft tissues of mouth, throat and surrounding structures)
  • TMJ Exam (jaw joints)
  • Esthetic Exam (appearance of teeth and gums related to the face)

A comprehensive dental exam ensures your dentist knows everything about your oral health and recommends undergoing this exam before the following procedures:

  • Implants to replace lost teeth
  • Esthetic changes to your smile
  • Been diagnosed with a medical problem or disease
  • New dentures
  • Updating old dental restorations