Learn more about the easiest yet most comprehensive dental exams Apex, NC has to offer to you and your family!
Clinical dental exams are the foundation of good dental treatment. New adult patients should plan to spend 1.5 hours at our office on their first visit to our Apex dentist office. This gives the doctors and hygienists at Alliance Dentistry enough time to discuss patient concerns, assess their oral conditions and develop an appropriate treatment plan. We first review your medical history and record your blood pressure and pulse. This information alerts us about medications we should avoid when treating you or medications you should take before seeking treatment at our Apex dentist office. It tells us if you are at risk for certain dental conditions, such as periodontal disease, and how we may need to alter your dental care for your safety. Our Apex NC dentist may also discover a previously undiagnosed condition and can refer you to your physician for follow up.
Digital radiographs are another important part of the comprehensive dental exam. X-rays allow us to see things we cannot see simply by visually examining your mouth. Radiographs reveal cavities, tartar below the gum line, bone loss around teeth, dental infections and other pathological conditions in the mouth. X-rays are a critical part of your assessment; no dental exam is considered complete without them.
Oral Cancer Screening
During our Apex dentist’s soft tissue exam, we evaluate the lips, cheeks, hard and soft palate, tongue, floor of the mouth, gum tissues and throat. We look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions.
Laser Cavity Detection
Depending on their location, cavities can be diagnosed by sight, tactile sensation or radiographs. At Alliance Dentistry, our Apex dentists use an additional cavity detection aid called DIAGNOdent. This enables us to find very small cavities and sites where cavities may be just beginning. By detecting them at an early stage, we can preserve more tooth structure.
If you or a family member are in need of a clinical exam, contact our Apex NC dentist office today.