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What Does Your Dentist Look for During A Dental Exam?

What Does Your Dentist Look for During A Dental Exam?

Dental exams are not only an important part of your dental health, but they play a key role in maintaining your overall physical health as well. Twice yearly dental exams and an open dialogue with your dentist can help prevent or access the earliest treatments for a number of oral health conditions. A comprehensive dental exam includes a detailed assessment of your oral health by your dentist and a dental cleaning with your hygienist. A dental exam and a dental cleaning give your dentist and hygienist in-depth insight into your oral and your overall health.  Here are some of the things your dentist will look at during a dental exam.

The Importance Of Regular Dental Exams

Your dental health is an important part of your overall physical health. Ideally you will visit your dentist every six months for a comprehensive dental exam and a dental cleaning. Here are some of the things your dentist will check for during your regular dental exam:

  • The health of your gums
  • Early signs of cavities  and missing or decaying teeth
  • Early signs of oral or throat cancer
  • Suspicious growths and cysts
  • Indications that you clench or grind your teeth
  • Your bite and the position of your teeth

What To Expect During Your Dental Exam

During your dental exam your can expect your dentist to:

  • Examine your jaw, neck, and head: The dentist may do this to detect any signs of oral cancer or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
  • Examine your gums: Your dentist will check for gum disease and assess your gums for insight into your overall health.
  • Visually examine each of your teeth: To check for plaque or tartar buildup, decay, fracture, or any other damage.
  • Digital X-rays*: The dentist will use our accurate digital x-ray system to take accurate x-rays of your teeth while exposing you to minimal radiation. The dentist will compare your current dental information with the results of previous dental exams to check for any changes.


At Dr. Korol Dental, we use digital x-rays during dental exams to help diagnose and screen for dental disease. Digital x-rays statistically use 80-90% less radiation than traditional film x-rays and produce high-quality images in less than 5 seconds. They also eliminate the need for harsh developing chemicals that pollute the environment. The use of digital x-rays can also help to maintain and improve your dental health by:

  • Showing areas of decay that are not visible during a dental exam, especially decay that occurs between the teeth.
  • Exposing signs of tooth infection such as an abscess developing around a necrotic tooth
  • Revealing structures surrounding the teeth such as nerves and sinuses to help plan for dental implants, extractions, or orthodontic treatment
  • Showing signs of pathology including cancer, cysts, or other diseases.

Biocompatible Dental Exams And Treatment At Dr. Korol Dental

It is important that you see a dentist twice a year for a comprehensive dental exam. These exams are a vital part of maintaining your physical health. 

Dr. Korol and her skilled and compassionate team are committed to providing the highest quality and safest, most holistic approach to dental care, oral health, and overall well-being. We offer the newest and most effective treatments and technologies to support a lifetime of good health. Our practice is committed to a biocompatible approach to family dentistry. Book your appointment by calling (403) 245-9099 or filling out our online form.


During your visit, your dentist will check your mouth for a variety of problems, which include signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. It’s a preventative exam that keeps your teeth, and you, healthy. Book your appointment today.

Benefits of holistic dental care include:

  • Safe, non-toxic treatment options
  • Total body health consideration
  • Comprehensive dental care
  • Long-lasting, reliable solutions

Whether you require a simple dental filling or more extensive dental restorations such as a crown or dental implant, our biocompatible dentists focus on promoting your overall health as well as providing excellent dental care.

Generally, it is advised that you should see your dentist for a dental exam at least once every six months. However, depending on the health of your mouth and risk of future problems, it can actually vary between three months up to a year.


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