Most exams in our Fort Worth office begin with some type of oral health exam, intended to diagnose, treat and care for your dental health. Below are the exams that are performed in our dental office and when we would typically do them.
This type of exam is usually a screening process where a patient might be seeking a second opinion or desires to gather information regarding a particular procedure. The majority of the time, it serves as an introductory time for the patient to get to know the dental provider. Because radiographs are not usually taken on this appointment, there is usually not a charge for this type of exam.
LIMITED OR EMERGENCY EXAMS:
The purpose of this exam is to provide opportunities for patients to be seen if something unexpected occurs or if they are in dental pain. Most of the time patients are scheduled the same day or at the most, 24 hours from the time of calling. Usually a radiograph and intraoral pictures are taken so that we can obtain a dental diagnosis and can educate the patient of treatment options. Depending on the allotted time, the dental procedure may be started the same day.
This exam is done with every patient of record. The purpose is to allow us an opportunity to perform as thorough exam and develop a treatment plan to help establish optimal oral health for all our patients. If not already preformed at another appointment, a full set of radiographs are taken so that we can evaluate all the teeth and the surrounding structures. We go through a thorough exam of each individual tooth along with the supporting gum tissues in order to develop a diagnosis and recommend treatment, if needed. If any work is needed a treatment plan is developed, an estimate of cost along with the potential insurance benefits are discussed, and appointments are set up depending on priority.
This type of exam is routinely done every 6 months on a patients’ hygiene appointment. If there are any teeth that are being monitored or treated, a set of X rays are taken.
Another service we offer that is important is oral cancer screening.