Complete Dental Examination
Like a medical ‘physical’, a complete dental examination gives the dentist and dental hygienist the opportunity to provide you with a thorough assessment of your oral health. During your complete exam, Dr. Webb or Dr. Funderburk will look carefully at your teeth and gums to look for any signs of harmful dental conditions, as well as provide you with preventive recommendations to avoid future problems.
A complete dental exam usually includes an initial set of dental x-rays to give the dentist the information they need to check the bone levels around the teeth and to look for any signs of periodontal (gum) disease or infection.
Oral Cancer Screening
If detected early, oral cancer is highly treatable. The beginning signs and symptoms of oral cancer, however, are usually not noticeable. It often initially appears as a bump or discoloration in the soft tissue that can be hard to see with the naked eye.
More prominent symptoms of oral cancer, such as a mouth sore that does not heal, bleeding, a hard lump, swelling or a chronic sore throat do not typically appear until the cancer has become quite advanced. This can be much more dangerous and may require more aggressive cancer treatment.
As part of your complete dental examination, we will perform an oral cancer screening. Our dentists use VELscope® fluorescent technology to assist in identifying suspicious areas that may be cancerous. Learn more about VELscope® dental technology.
Periodontal Disease & Dental Bone Loss
Studies show that periodontal (gum) disease is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss; nearly 50% of U.S. adults have some form of periodontal disease. (perio.org) Gum disease is caused by destructive oral bacteria. Periodontal disease will not only infect and destroy gum tissue, it can persist into the underlying bone structure and cause significant bone loss.
Your Webb Dentistry Treatment Plan
Following your complete dental examination Dr. Webb, Dr. Funderburk and our Team will work with you to develop a plan to restore your smile to health. No smile is hopeless! If you feel overwhelmed by dental problems, we can assist you with a step-by-step approach to improve your oral health.