A ‘comprehensive oral exam’ involves the extensive evaluation that involves recording all intraoral, extraoral, and soft tissues.
A ‘periodic oral exam’ is an exam done on established patients to determine changes in dental and health status since a previous periodic or comprehensive evaluation.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that existing patients undergo a comprehensive exam every 3 years and new patients have a comprehensive dental exam on their first visit.
Visiting a dentist every six months is the cornerstone of outstanding dental health, and for those dealing with dental issues such as gum disease, regularly scheduled visits can keep your condition from getting worse. There are many benefits to seeing a dentist twice a year. These include:
Preventing oral health issues
Avoiding expensive dental therapy
Maintaining a healthy smile
Keeping teeth stain-free
Less time spent in the dental chair
Keeping your natural teeth for the duration of your life
Root Canal Treatment
Root canals are most often necessary when decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected. When root canal therapy is performed, infected or inflamed pulp is removed from the tooth chamber. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned and disinfected before being filled and sealed to limit the possibility of future infection. Soon after the root canal is performed, the tooth is restored with a dental crown or filling to protect the tooth and restore normal tooth function.
A dental crown is often the best option to extend the life of a tooth for years to come. However, there are options in treating a tooth that may delay the need for a crown. At Milwaukie Dental Studio, we evaluate all options and review them with you before recommending a crown or set of crowns. We consider you our partner in maintaining your dental health and we will take the time to fully explain our treatment plan recommendations.
Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
To hold a dental bridge in place
To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth
To cover a dental implant
To make a cosmetic modification
A cavity is a hole left behind by dental decay. If left untreated, the damage from the cavity will continue to spread to the surrounding teeth. During a dental filling procedure, dentists clean the decay inside the cavity before filling it with a special material. At Milwaukie Dental Studio, we offer fillings made from composite resin. This material is not only safe but also tooth-colored to blend in with your natural teeth.
A tooth that can not be saved with restorative procedures may need to be removed. Before removal of the tooth, the area will be numbed with anesthesia. The tooth is loosened from the jawbone and surrounding ligaments and tissues with a gentle rocking motion. Once it is loose, it is gently removed. Stitches may be necessary after the removal of a tooth.