If you’ve recently had a reason to look for a new dentist and have found one that you feel will be a good fit for your needs, you should expect to have a comprehensive exam during your first visit with him. Even if you bring records and x-rays from your previous dentist your new dentist will want to make his own evaluations. He will also want to keep his findings from this initial exam in your patient file so that he can compare the changes that he may notice during future exams. You can help things along by taking a copy of your medical history and a list of any medications you are currently taking. Even some over the counter remedies can affect your teeth and gums.
Studies continue to make doctors and dentists more aware of the correlation between general medical health and oral health. They know for instance that a patient with diabetes is more prone to develop gum disease which in turn can make it harder to keep the blood sugar levels under control.
Be straightforward with your dentist. Get off to a good start by telling him about any apprehensions you have that may have been caused by an earlier experience, or if you are especially susceptible to anxiety attacks. Even though the first exam will be complete let your dentist know before it starts if you are experiencing pain in a particular area of your mouth or if your teeth are unusually sensitive.
If you have never undergone an extensive dental exam before you may be surprised when the dentist goes outside your mouth to check your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. That is the joint that controls the lower jaw when you use your mouth to talk or eat. He will also check your neck and face for any signs of swelling.
Southlands Dental in Aurora, CO has the newest technology on hand including the innovative intraoral camera. Call the office @ 720-886-0606 for your exam and don’t forget to schedule a cleaning at the same time.