Dental 

Oral Exam

 

Safeguard Your Oral Health With Periodic Dental Visits

Your overall health is closely correlated to the current state of your oral environment. By neglecting its proper care and maintenance, you put yourself at greater risk of bacterial infections, tooth decay, gum recession, bone loss, and even severe forms of cardiovascular disease. Poor oral health can also be a key indicator of serious illnesses such as osteoporosis, diabetes, and oral cancer.

The best way to protect against these issues is through a regular schedule of dental checkups.  In total, up to 127 medical conditions can be identified during these examinations, and emerging symptoms are often revealed long the patient becomes aware of them.

At i2M Dental, Dr. Pallavi Sinha provides comprehensive oral examinations, dental checkups and basic teeth cleaning services across Hyattsville and Silver Spring. These preventative treatments help to safeguard the functionality, appearance, and longevity of each patient’s teeth. From infants to senior citizens, Dr. Singh offers professional care that can benefit individuals at every age.

At i2M, all dental services are performed by Dr. Singh alongside a trained dental hygienist.

If you:

  • Are a new dental patient.

  • Have not visited a dentist in more than a year.

  • Are receiving active dental treatment.

  • Are at high risk of developing gum disease and cavities.

 

Then your appointment will include a comprehensive oral examination alongside the routine dental checkup and cleaning.

What is an Oral Examination?

 

The oral examination involves a step-by-step evaluation of your oral and systemic health. This rigorous process is used to build a baseline against which future dental checkups can be measured.

Understanding Your Medical History

During your first visit, Dr. Sinha will talk to you about your medical history.

This conversation will cover current and previously prescribed medications, as well as any recent changes in your medical condition brought on by pregnancy or chronic illness (diabetes, arthritis etc.). She will also enquire about your allergies and dietary habits. In this case, particular focus will be given to factors such as a high-sugar intake, tobacco chewing, smoking, and alcohol consumption.

Depending on your feedback, Dr. Sinha will determine your risk of periodontal disease.

If you have received any previous oral surgeries, then the Dr. Sinha will look to go over the specifics of these procedures.

Be sure to disclose any details that you feel would help to provide a more complete picture of your current dental condition. Whether you are dealing with sensitive teeth, sore gums, or lumps in your mouth any additional information will only help us to deliver more focused care.  

Once we have established a thorough understanding of your medical history. We will develop a tailored treatment plan that is aimed at effectively improving your oral health over the long-term.

 

 

Oral Inspection

The next step is to conduct a complete assessment of the mouth which includes your jaw, tongue, upper and lower mouth, sinuses and inner cheeks.

The inspection is performed with an angled mirror which helps to provide a complete view of otherwise hidden oral surfaces.

 At this stage, the dentist will check for:

  • Existing or developing cavities

  • Vulnerabilities or underlying infections in any previously installed orthodontic applications.

 

  • Signs of gum bleeding and inflammation.

 

  • Indications of mouth/throat cancer.

 

  • Cysts, tumors or other potentially harmful growths.

 

  • Bite or jaw misalignments.

  • Fluoride deficiencies.

  • Deterioration or signs of weakness in the underlying bone structure of your jaw and face.

  • Impaired functionality in the temporomandibular joint

  • Impacted teeth.

  • Wear and tear due to chronic teeth grinding.

  • Loose or lost teeth.

Finally, the dentist will use a measuring probe (sulcus) to determine the depth of your gums. In a healthy mouth, spaces between the gums and teeth should measure no more than 1-3 mm. If these gaps have deepened, then they are referred to as gum pockets. Gum pockets typically indicate a high risk of periodontal disease.

Dental X-Ray

While Dr. Sinha makes every effort to make her manual inspections as comprehensive as possible, there are a number of existing and developing oral concerns that can be difficult to identify through a visual examination.

 

  • Signs of decay can appear beneath the enamel or in unseen pockets between your teeth.

  • Hidden infections and abscesses can damage the tooth root.

  • Cavities can develop underneath fillings, crowns and implants.

  • Impacted wisdom teeth will not be visible to the naked eye.

  • Dentists cannot manually identify bone loss or infections in the supporting structure of the tooth.

In these situations, dental x-rays can serve as a vital diagnostic aid for your dentist. At our clinic we use cutting-edge imaging tools to capture highly detailed images of the teeth, tissue and bones. These radiographs can help us:

 

  • Understand the current state of your oral environment. This gives us a baseline against which we can measure any changes to your teeth during future dental checkups.

 

  •  Identify developing infections, cavities, bone loss, abscesses and possible oral tumors that do not show up during visual examinations.

 

  • Create a tailored treatment plan for future surgeries and treatments.

 

Dental Checkup Procedure

Patients that observe an appropriate home dental care routine typically only need to visit our clinic on a bi-annual basis. However, anyone with a history of oral health problems is advised to book more frequent appointments to ensure that these issues are properly monitored and managed.

 

Basic Teeth Cleaning

A periodic dental checkup begins with a basic teeth cleaning.

  • While a solid home dental care routine can help to prevent plaque buildups. Once this material is left to accumulate it will harden into tartar. Tartar can only be removed through a professional teeth cleaning. Eliminating tartar is essential for good oral health, and will prevent future periodontal issues that could result in eventual tooth loss.

 

  • Tartar is removed using small hook-like tools known as scalers. Small amounts of tartar can usually be scraped off manually from above the gumline with little difficulty. If larger deposits are present, then we may use an electronic scaler that uses vibration to break up hardened surfaces.

 

  •  Once the cleaning is completed, we will polish your teeth using a textured toothpaste-like substance. This substance is applied with a small suction cup and brushed off with a high-efficiency electric toothbrush. This process should remove any visible staining on the teeth and leave exposed surfaces shiny and smooth. Polishing is not only for aesthetic purposes, it also makes it more difficult for plaque to adhere to the tooth surface.

 

 

 

  • After cleaning and polishing, we will floss your teeth. This procedure is meant to target sensitive areas that are prone to bleeding. A deep flossing will also help to remove any remaining particles of tartar, plaque, and toothpaste that are still remaining after the cleaning and polishing.

 

  • As a final step, we may recommend an additional fluoride treatment to help protect against future cavities and bacterial infections. Fluoride treatments are applied in a gel or paste form, and are available in a variety of flavors for your convenience. The treatment will harden almost immediately upon application, so you will be able to resume regular activities right away without any issue.

Dental Inspection

 

Once your teeth have been treated, we will conduct a thorough analysis of your oral environment to determine whether there have been any changes from baseline.

At this stage we will look for:

  • Loss of bone.

  • Looseness in the teeth.

  • Cracks or excessive wear on the outer tooth surface.

  • Bite misalignments.

 

We will also perform a routine oral cancer screening which covers the jaw, throat, neck and soft tissues of the mouth.

Results and Consultation

 

Upon completion of the dental checkup, Dr. Sinha will talk to you about her findings and address any areas of concern. At this stage, we may offer specific guidance for at-home dental cleaning that cover brushing, flossing, and dietary recommendations.

If Dr. Sinha identifies any dental issues that require more specialized care then she may advise you to book another appointment for more detailed testing. If severe decay is evident, then more extensive oral surgeries may be required to ensure your oral health.

 

How You Benefit From Periodic Dental Checkups

  • We can identify and treat tooth decay at an early stage and prevent future oral surgeries.

 

  • Regular teeth cleaning helps to preserve the strength and longevity of your teeth and improve overall aesthetic appearance.

 

  • Dental checkups help to prevent bad habits that can adversely impact your oral health including nail biting, teeth grinding, excessive sugar intake, and smoking.

 

  • Dr. Sinha will provide you with ongoing recommendations on optimal at-home dental care so that you can keep your teeth in top shape all-year round. 

 

Hyattsville, MD

Hyattsville, MD 20782 

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Silver Spring, MD

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