All new patients will typically receive a comprehensive dental exam. Current patients are encouraged to get a full exam every 24-36 months. A full exam provides a complete assessment of your oral health, which includes:
- Medical history review.
- Thorough examination of teeth, gums, mouth and jaw joints.
- Discussion of treatment recommendations and personalized options.
X-rays are suggested to provide a more accurate diagnosis. Our x-rays are all digital, which exude significantly less radiation than traditional x-rays.
Learn more about pricing for adults and children in your area. These procedures are considered ‘basic’ care and are typically covered by all insurance plans, annually.
Common dental concerns to discuss with your dentist:
Cavities occur after decay has worn away the tooth enamel. Your dentist will commonly treat a cavity with a filling. If not treated, the infection could escalate to a root canal or even a tooth extraction.
Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)
Periodontal disease is an infection caused by bacteria found in plaque. As the bacteria spread below the gumline, the gums and bone around the teeth begin to break down, and can lead to loose teeth. Quite often, symptoms do not appear until the late stages, which is one reason why regular hygiene visits are encouraged. Possible early signs include: receding gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, bad breath, sores in mouth or loose or separating teeth.
By examining your X-rays and probing, your dentist can tell how much bone loss your periodontitis has caused. Once your stage of periodontal disease has been determined, a personalized treatment plan will be presented to you, which may include homecare, Soft Tissue Management or a referral to a Dawson periodontist.
According to a recent study, 5-20% of North Americans suffer with teeth grinding, yet only 80% are aware of the condition. During your exam, your dentist will notice if you grind your teeth. They may suggest a night guard for protection, which is often covered by dental insurance.
Sport Mouth Guards
Medical research indicates that one in four people will suffer a mouth injury during their lifetime. These injuries are preventable. The number one way to prevent these injuries from occurring is be wearing a mouth guard. We recommend them to all our athletes, both professional and amateur. Ask your Dawson dentist how you can get a custom made mouth guard.
Crooked or Crowded Teeth
Crooked or misaligned teeth affect your bite. This can make it hard to chew some foods and it may cause some teeth to wear down. It may also cause muscle pain.
Crowded and crooked teeth are harder to clean. Cavities and gum disease may develop as a result. Teeth that stick out are more easily chipped or broken. Your dentist may suggest Invisalign or refer you to a Dawson Orthodontist for traditional braces.
Bone loss will occur when a missing tooth is not replaced. As soon as the natural teeth are removed or fall out, the face begins to age rapidly due to bone loss. Your dentist may suggest a dental implant.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder, affecting nearly 1 out of every 8 individuals. While snoring can be harmless, it can also be the sign of a more serious medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA occurs when the tongue and soft tissues fall back into the throat during sleep, completely blocking the airway. Learn more about how your dentist can help with and oral appliance.
TMJ (Tempormandibular Joint)
TMJ is the joint that connect the lower jaw to the bone on each side of the ear. Severe pain, discomfort or tenderness in or around these joints is referred to as TMJ disorder. Symptoms may include: tenderness or pain in the face, jaw or ear, difficulty chewing, headaches or locking jaw or teeth when biting or chewing. Learn more about treatment options.