The dental examination is a detailed exam that involves the dentist reading your radiographs. The dentist then examines the soft tissues including the cheeks, palate, throat, tongue, floor of the mouth, and your lips. The purpose of the soft tissue examination is to detect pathological changes in the tissues that line the inside of the mouth. While the vast majority of pathology in the mouth is benign, precancerous and cancerous changes in the oral tissues may be found. It is best if detected at an early stage when it can be successfully treated. Tobacco and heavy alcohol use are major risk factors for oral cancer, and this is one of the reasons why we take a thorough comprehensive medical history.

The teeth are evaluated for cracks, decay, malformations and malocclusions. The dentist will look for problems such as food traps and bleeding gums, also ask about issues that concern the patient: previous dental experiences, problems with taste and breath, and issues with appearance and comfort.

As part of good practice we always do a Oral Health and Oral Cancer Screen which involves assessment of the risk factors as well as a thorough examination of the soft and hard tissues. The dentist looks for any problems that a patient may have including oral cancer, cysts, benign tumours, or oral signs of cancer in other parts of the body.

We use an intraoral fibre optic video camera wand to look inside your mouth. This technology makes it possible to see intraoral areas and features in a highly magnified and illuminated way not normally possible otherwise. This video scan is visible on a TV screen as we use the camera, so the patient can see the full color, live, real-time images of their teeth and other intraoral tissues.

In adults a periodontal probe is usually inserted between the gums and teeth to detect abnormally large crevices, and periodontal defects.

You can expect to be treated with great care, professional skill and focused attention during your visits. We receive compliments from our patients about our easy going manner, and about our habit of explaining each procedure. We have found that these methods greatly reduce fear and anxiety, and ease the patient through the procedures.


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13920 W. Camino del Sol
Sun City West, AZ 85375
Phone: 623-974-4753
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