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Dental Exams / X-Rays Kanata

Upon your first visit at March Dental you will undergo a new patient comprehensive examination by the hygienist and the Kanata dentist. We encourage patients to undergo subsequent comprehensive exams every three years. The comprehensive exam will cover the follow topics:

Health History

Your health history, your current health status and dental history will be reviewed with you to determine what issues may be impacting your oral and dental health. This will help our dental professionals to assess any difficulties you may have, either now or in the future. This type of information will also help our professionals tailor treatment plans to your needs.

Examinations of Diagnostic Radiographs (X-Rays)

Radiographs, more commonly referred to as X-rays, are an important diagnostic tool our professionals use to identify possible obstacles to your optimal oral and dental health. A full-mouth series of X-rays is recommended every 3 to 5 years as well as for new patients. Dentists and hygienists use the information from X-rays to safely and accurately detect hidden developmental abnormalities such as tooth decay, tumours, cysts, abscesses and bone loss. X-rays also help in determining the amount of jawbone left in your mouth, as well as the positioning of your teeth and their roots. Identifying hidden problems early can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort and most of all your teeth!

Some patients ask about whether X-rays pose any dangers or risks. Although X-rays do produce some radiation, it is a low level of radiation that is considered to be safe to human beings. The level of exposure from a full-mouth set of X-rays is equivalent to the natural levels of radiation that all humans receive in our natural environment.

Despite the low levels of radiation produced by an X-ray, our professionals still take additional precautions to reduce unnecessary exposure with the use of lead aprons to shield your body. We also use a faster speed film to cut down on your exposure time during each X-ray.

The need for dental X-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dentist and hygienist will recommend necessary X-rays based on a review of your medical and dental history, your dental exam, signs and symptoms, age considerations, and risk for disease.

Oral Cancer Screening

During your normal dental examination, our dentist will examine your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues and gums, to check for any signs of oral cancer.

Gum Disease Evaluation

We will examine the gums and bone around your teeth for the presence of periodontal disease.

Examine for Tooth Decay

At each exam our professionals will examine all surfaces of your teeth to determine the presence of decay and/or progression of any previously detected tooth decay.

Examination of Existing Restorations

Over time fillings, crowns and other restorative features can wear or breakdown. Our professionals will examine your existing restorations to ensure they continue to provide proper functionality, and if necessary, recommend their replacement.

Assessment of Your Temperomandibular Joint (TMJ) and Chewing Muscles

For those patients who require it, we also provide a specific examination of the alignment and function of the teeth as it relates to the TMJ, along with the muscles that aid in chewing. Oral Images: We recognize that it can sometimes be difficult to understand and visualise the problems discovered and the recommendations being proposed by the dentist or hygienist. To help you better understand your dental situation, we will use both intra and extra oral cameras to provide you with a direct visual aid about the condition of your teeth and gums.