Dental treatment is very common across the entire United States. Most people need some kind of dental treatment whether it be a routine check-up or a more specialized form of treatment such as braces or teeth removal. Dentists offer a variety of treatment options depending on the needs of their patients.
Oral exams are some of the most common forms of dental treatment. Periodic oral exams are done during routine patient check-ups every 6-12 months. Problem-focused oral exams are used when a patient comes in with a specific problem such as a tooth-ache. A comprehensive exam is used for new dental patients. These take a little longer than periodic oral exams because the dentist needs to access the state of the patient’s dental status. This involves charting all existing restorations and conditions in the patient’s mouth.
Another common form of dental treatment is the use of x-rays. A full mouth x-ray consists of 18 different x-rays which is usually done every 3-5 years. A Panorex x-ray is used for oral implants or surgery. For this x-ray the patient sits or stands in the machine and the x-ray head rotates around their face. Other x-rays include periapical x-rays and intra oral photos which are done depending on the needs of the patient.
Dental treatment depends on the specific needs of the patient. Asking your dentist what your specific needs are helps determine what treatment is necessary. It’s important to ask any questions you may have in order to get the best possible results.