Comprehensive Oral Examination

At Tooth32, we provide an extensive range of dental treatment. In order to make sure that treatment is tailor-made to suit patients’ “needs and wants”, a comprehensive oral examination is where it all begins. This process will involve a thorough examination of the oral tissues, data collection, radiographs, accurate diagnoses followed by careful treatment planning.

At the first appointment, we require new patients to arrive early in order to fill out a personal details form which includes questions about medical, dental and social histories. The first appointment will involve a warm and friendly introduction to the dentist and dental assistant. Your chief complaint, medical & dental histories and any other concerns will be discussed with the dentist.

Following on, the soft tissue examination incorporates an oral cancer screening of your intra-oral mucosal tissues including the floor of the mouth, the tongue and palatal tissues. An oral health assessment is made having regard to causative effects such as plaque accumulation. An assessment of the periodontal tissues (gum and bone support of teeth) is also performed.

The hard tissue exam involves the charting of teeth present, current fillings & restorations and their quality & status, decay, an occlusal analysis, detection of any fractures lines and cracked cusps, tooth erosion & tooth wear. Other special tests may be required and performed.

Radiographs (commonly known as x-rays) are an essential part of any comprehensive oral examination and will provide the clinician with valuable information including the detection and depth assessment of dental caries (dental decay), the detection of root infections, jaw bone pathologies, alveolar bone levels (to be used in periodontal treatment planning and implant treatment planning), unerupted and impacted wisdom teeth. A combination of Bitewing, Periapical and Panoramic (OPG) radiographs may be performed.

Impressions for diagnostic teeth study models may be required. It is also common practice for the clinician to take a series of extra-oral and intra-oral photographs.

Once all clinical data is collected and studied, accurate diagnoses can be made. The clinician will then formulate suitable treatment plan options starting with best possible treatment. In many cases, the patient re-appoints for a second visit where the examination results and treatment plan options are presented and discussed. The benefits, risks, costs and alternatives will need to be considered before consenting to a Course of Care. The clinician will support the patient in whichever treatment option they choose as long as they understand the risks, benefits, limitations and long term consequences of their choice.