As you know, we urge our patients to visit us every six months for a routine dental exam. We feel this visit is essential for maintaining optimal oral health. But what do we look for during a checkup? By knowing the issues we screen for, you may have a better understanding of the importance of a routine dental exam.
Frequently Asked Questions About Checkups
Question: What technology will you use?
Answer: We will often use digital x-rays to gain a clearer image of the patient’s smile, including what’s happening under the gums. Unlike traditional dental x-rays, these use over 80% less radiation and the images can be available instantly, no need for lengthy development in harsh chemicals. We can then show the patient the images and discuss our findings.
Question: Do you look for signs of periodontal disease?
Answer: Yes! Gum disease impacts half of adults over the age of 35, according to the Centers for Disease Control. An early diagnosis can allow us to manage the disease and protect patients from periodontitis, the advanced stage often responsible for adult tooth loss.
Question: Will you provide oral cancer screenings?
Answer: We do! Unfortunately, oral cancer tends to high a rather high mortality rate, which over half of those diagnosed succumbing to the disease within five years. However, this is mainly because people usually don’t catch the issue in the early stages. However, with routine checkups and screenings, we can help catch the disease early on and increase the chances of a full recovery.
Question: Can assess my risk of developing tooth decay?
Answer: Yes! Hopefully, we can catch decay in the early stages, treating it before you suffer from tooth sensitivity or toothaches.
Schedule a Dental Checkup Today
Dr. Brent Engelberg is your dentist in Arlington Heights for preventative dental care. Schedule a dental checkup today by calling us at (847) 230-9703 or filling out our online appointment request form today. We look forward to meeting you!