Comprehensive Oral Evaluation
Why Have a Comprehensive Oral Evaluation?
A Comprehensive Oral Exam is a tool that dentists use to assess your oral health and your overall health.
The Comprehensive Oral Exam also gives you an opportunity to make your own assessment about Dr. Holz and his staff and to establish a rapport that, hopefully, will lead to a long and healthy relationship.
Preparing for a Comprehensive Oral Evaluation
Before doing the actual exam, Dr. Holz will ask you about your medical health and history.
Here are some of things he’ll want to know:
- Do you have any medical conditions?
- Have you been treated for medical conditions in the past?
- Are you taking any medications?
- Do you take any vitamins?
- Do you use any holistic remedies?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you consume alcohol?
- Do you have any allergies?
- Have you had any surgery?
- Have you ever been treated in a hospital?
- Have you ever had anesthesia?
- Have you ever had an adverse effect from anesthesia?
This is a good time to ask questions and bring up any concerns you may have about your care.
What Happens During A Comprehensive Oral Evaluation?
A thorough exam involves more than just a look to see if your teeth are clean. Here’s what Dr. Holz looks for during a Comprehensive Oral Evaluation:
- The surface of each tooth is examined to make sure it’s in good condition and that any previous dental work, like fillings, are intact.
- The gums are examined for any sign of disease or bone loss.
- The soft tissue inside your mouth is checked for any abnormalities. Even the underside of your tongue will be examined, to make sure there are no sores or lesions visible. Many patients have their dentists to thank for early detection of oral cancer and other problems that may have worsened had it not been for a Comprehensive Oral Exam.
- Your head and neck and face are examined for signs of swelling, bleeding or dryness.
- The salivary glands and lymph nodes in your neck are checked for signs of swelling.
- You will be asked to bite down, to make sure that your top and bottom teeth fit together well. Chewing and speaking properly depend on the proper fit of your teeth.
After the Comprehensive Oral Exam
After Dr. Holz has completed the exam, he’ll let you know his findings and recommend treatment and preventive techniques to keep your teeth and mouth healthy. The good news is that, even if your teeth are not in perfect shape, they can be brought back to prime condition with care.
We understand that the first step… making the call for an appointment… is often the most difficult. Contact us and we’ll make the first step, and all steps along the way, as simple as possible.