Family Dentistry Bad Breath Cleanings Comprehensive Exams Dental Fillings Emergency Appointments Extractions Family Dentistry Hygiene Dentistry Mouthguards Pediatric Dentistry Periodontics Sedation Dentistry Sleep Apnea Cosmetic Dentistry Acceledent Biolase Ceramic Crowns Cosmetic Bonding Cosmetic Dentistry Dental Veneers Invisalign KöR Teeth Whitening Laser Dentistry Restorative Dentistry Apicoectomies Bone Grafting Bridges Dental Implants Dentures/Partials Inlays/Onlays Oral Surgery Root Canal Therapy Comprehensive Dental ExamsAvailable in Morrisville and Greensboro Good oral health creates the best smile! At Dental Care of North Carolina, we perform a comprehensive examination at your initial visit to our office. Our goal is to determine your immediate dental needs as well as plan for your future dental care. At your comprehensive exam, we will: A full mouth series of x-rays will be taken by Dr’s assistant Discuss your dental and overall health since your last dental exam Dr will review your radiographs, checking for decay, cracks, and chips Evaluate your bite and jaw Examine and chart existing restorations Screen for gum disease and periodontal disease Conduct TMJ examination Screen for oral cancer Discuss with you any cosmetic concerns you may have as well All the above information will be gathered and a personalized treatment plan will be developed and discussed with you. Call Dental Care of North Carolina to schedule your comprehensive dental exam today. We want to partner with you in your oral health and help you maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime! Digital X-Rays There are many potential problems and conditions we cannot see during your comprehensive dental exam. Digital x-rays help us identify and diagnose areas of concern including tooth decay, bone loss, cysts, and more, and provide a wealth of information that helps us design individualized preventive or restorative treatments. Unlike traditional x-rays that use film, digital x-rays use electronic sensors that transmit images to a computer screen, allowing us to magnify them or enlarge them as needed for better visuals of your teeth. We can also adjust the brightness and contrast of the images, enabling us to see smaller cavities with ease. Digital x-rays expose patients to about 90 percent less radiation, providing a safer option than their traditional counterparts. Intraoral Cameras Intraoral cameras are tiny digital cameras that look like pens. They are designed to capture clear images of your teeth and transmit them to a screen in movie format. We are able to freeze and magnify the pictures more than 30x allowing us to view every aspect of each tooth in full color. Intraoral cameras allow us to examine teeth surfaces, gum conditions, and minute details about tissues, cavities, damage to fillings, hairline fractures, plaque, and more. We use the information collected to create effective treatment plans. Intraoral cameras help in diagnosing the earliest stages of conditions such as gum disease, oral cancer, and more, allowing for prompt treatment and less invasive and costly treatments down the road. Oral Cancer Screenings Oral Cancer is said to be one the deadliest because it often goes undetected until it is in the latter stages. That is another reason why regular dental examinations are so critical. If caught and treated early, oral cancer has a very low morbidity rate. With roughly 30,000 new cases being diagnosed each year, your dentist is your first line of detection and defense against this disease. Oral cancer can affect the lips, cheek lining, gums, tongue, floor and roof of the mouth, and also move back toward the throat. Always report to Dental Care of North Carolina if you discover any of these possible signs: Sores that bleed easily or do not heal Lumps or spots that are thick or hard Persistently rough or crusted areas Numbness, pain or tenderness that may be new or persisting During your regular dental exam, Dental Care of North Carolina will ask if you notice problems chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving any part of your mouth or tongue. Dental Care of North Carolina routinely screens for oral cancer as part of every comprehensive dental exam or cleaning.