Comprehensive dental exams are required for all patients who are new to the practice. We recommend comprehensive exams for our existing patients every 3 years. This comprehensive exam consists of an extensive evaluation as well as dental x-rays to examine the health of the teeth both externally and internally.
The mouth is really a window into the body. Medical conditions may be discovered by a comprehensive dental exam before symptoms show up elsewhere in the body. Some examples are:
- Diabetes, especially with poorly controlled or undiagnosed diabetes.
- Systemic disorders such as leukemia.
- Blood pressure because we have often picked up many cases of high blood pressure that have been referred to their physicians.
- Cardiovascular problems, gum and bone disease can raise your risk of heart disease.
- Oral cancer, an oral cancer exam is done on all our patients.
- Immune abnormalities.
- Sinus problems, rule out a tooth problem as the cause of the pain.
By doing a comprehensive dental exam, our Uptown Dallas Dentist can together devise a strategy for long-term health and comfort.
Dental Dental X-Rays
Dental Radiographs are commonly called x-rays. Dentists use xrays for many reasons: to find hidden dental structures, malignant or benign masses, bone loss, and cavities.
The dosage of X-ray radiation received by a Uptown Dallas dental patient is typically small (around 0.150 mSv for a full mouth series, according to the American Dental Association website), equivalent to a few days’ worth of background environmental radiation exposure, or similar to the dose received during a cross-country airplane flight (concentrated into one short burst aimed at a small area). Incidental exposure is further reduced by the use of a lead shield, lead apron, sometimes with a lead thyroid collar. This exposure is also significantly reduced with digital technology. Something that is utilized at Silk Dental Wellness for the safety of our family of patient and staff itself.
Digital x-rays, which replace the film with an electronic sensor, address some of these issues, and are becoming widely used in dentistry as the technology evolves. They may require less radiation and are processed much quicker than conventional radiographic films, often instantly viewable on a computer.