What’s the difference between a check up and a comprehensive exam?
Teeth and gums are checked at both check ups and comprehensive exams, but a comprehensive dental exam allows your dentist enough time to check all of the supporting facial, structural, and secondary components that go into that healthy smile of yours. It would take too much time to do a comprehensive exam with every checkup, and it would also be unnecessary. Here at Stamford Dental Spa, we perform our comprehensive exams in order to find out what is healthy versus what is not healthy, and we want to allow enough time to tell the difference.
Areas we check:
- Gums and supporting bones
- Examine soft tissues of mouth, throat and surrounding structures to screen for head and neck cancer
- Bite analysis
- Jaw bones
- x-rays and various scans
- Quantity and quality of saliva
- Appearance of teeth and gums related to the face