Comprehensive dental exams and checkups are significant for ascertaining potential issues that have yet to show any symptoms. At Ryan Rush DDS PLLC in Fort Collins, CO 80526, we perform regular complete exams for our patients to recognize any issues that can adversely impact a patient’s quality of life. We commit to providing the best oral health care available.
How Frequently Do You Need a Dental Exam and Checkup?
It is vital to get a comprehensive exam done at least twice a year. It allows us to develop a starting point for measuring your oral health. If we notice any changes throughout your association with us, we can advise you of our observations to develop an effective treatment plan. If you have experienced any significant oral issues between your dental appointments, we will be aware of the changes in your condition and accordingly plan your treatment.
What to Expect During Dental Exams and Checkups?
Comprehensive dental exams cover several diagnostic processes done to identify specific potential issues. These include:
During the oral examination, Dr. Ryan Rush will check your teeth for signs of decay. We will also appraise the condition of your previous restorations, including fillings, bridges, crowns, and implants. Based on these findings, we make recommendations on how best to treat any problems we find.
Dental X-rays are taken to detect cavities, decay, cysts, tumors, bone loss, and other latent issues. X-rays will also allow us to record tooth and root positions that help us monitor changes over time. They can also be used as a visual reference, and we can better explain conditions and treatment options to patients.
We will inspect your gums and the bone around your teeth for any signs of gum disease during this process. A periodontal probe is used to perform this test, a small stick that can help measure pocket depth. A healthy pocket depth measures between 1 to 3 millimeters, but more significant numbers can point to pockets of infection that require treatment.
Oral cancer can go unobserved for years before the symptoms become apparent. Early detection is crucial to promoting positive outcomes. With this in mind, we will scrutinize your oral tissue for any lesions, lumps, or discolorations, which could be possible indicators of oral cancer. This will include your gums, lips, tongue, mouth, and neck. If we suspect a potential issue, we will recommend a biopsy to test suspicious tissue for cancer cells.
At Ryan Rush, DDS PLLC, Dentist Fort Collins CO, we offer comprehensive dental examinations for our patients. Call us at (970) 223-5393 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Rush.