Four common types of examinations are performed in our office: specific, emergency, general recall and new patient examinations.
- A specific examination is performed when a patient presents with a specific dental concern. This can involve a broken or chipped tooth, a gum problem, occasional pain or sensitivity issues. The examination can be as simple as stating "yes the tooth is broken and these are the options for its repair". A more involved examination can include a radiographic analysis, hot/cold and percussion tests, palpation analysis, gum pocket probing depths and a detailed history of the specific dental problem.
- An emergency examination is performed when a patient presents with a swelling or a dental situation which involves pain.
- When a patient attends a dental office at regular intervals for general cleanings, recall examinations are performed to assess for any changes to the teeth or gums since the the last visit.
- New patient examinations are performed when a patient first attends a dental office with a non-urgent dental problem. This complete examination involves: