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Comprehensive Oral Examination

Doctor DeAndrade Consults with a new patient about her dental issues

Doctor DeAndrade Consults With A New Patient About Her Dental Issues

An oral examination is the first line of defense in getting and keeping your mouth healthy. While many people worry about going to Dr. De Andrade, the consequences of not going can be much worse. If not detected early, problems such as gingivitis, cavities, and even oral cancer which are easily treatable in early stages become more dangerous and difficult to correct. This is why having a comprehensive oral examination is so important.

A proper oral examination consists of internal and external examination of the mouth and jaw area, diagnostic photography, radiographic examination (X-rays), checking for misaligned or occluded dentition, and an oral cancer screening. While this may sound like as much fun as, well, a trip to Dr. De Andrade, these examinations and tests are crucial to ensuring a healthy mouth.

The examination begins with the extraoral and intraoral examination (inside and outside of the mouth.). This is the part where Dr. De Andrade tells you to open wide. During this examination, Dr. De Andrade will check the alignment of the teeth and jaw (occlusal analysis), the surfaces of the teeth and gums, and the soft surfaces of the mouth, such as the cheeks and tongue. Diagnostic photographs will be taken for record keeping and to mark areas that may need special attention.

During the examination, Dr. De Andrade will also look for possible early warning signs of oral cancer or gingivitis such as receding or bleeding gums, swollen or pitted spots, canker sores, and ulcerated areas. After this, Dr. De Andrade will perform a radiographic examination, or X-rays. This will enable Dr. De Andrade to see any potential problems beneath the gumline, as well as showing any cavities or weak spots in the enamel of your teeth.

Once all these examinations and tests are complete, Dr. De Andrade will perform an analysis of the results and discuss the options for treatment with you. While many people have a view of orthodontists as being quick to call for surgery, in most cases, orthodontic therapy is more efficacious and causes less problems than attempting a more direct and invasive solution. The trouble with surgery is that, while effective, it can lead to greater problems down the line, whereas orthodontic therapy can help strengthen soft tissues and tooth enamel. This makes them better able to recover from surgery, if later warranted.

The following is a brief explanation of the steps of our oral examination with more information available by clicking each one.

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