The ADA defines a ‘comprehensive oral exam’ as “.. an extensive evaluation and the recording of all extraoral, intraoral and soft tissues”.
The ADA defines a ‘periodic oral exam’ as “..an exam that is done on established patients to determine any changes in dental and health status since a previous comprehensive or periodic evaluation”.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends new patients have a comprehensive dental exam on their first visit and established patients undergo this exam every 3 years.
A comprehensive dental exam takes an entire appointment. Following is a general overview of what should be included in a comprehensive exam.
Areas to check:
A comprehensive dental exam means your dentist will know everything there is to know about your oral health. An exam is recommended before undergoing the following procedures: