A comprehensive dentist is a dentist who has completed additional training in all aspects of dentistry including:
- Cosmetic and restorative dentistry
- Oral surgery
- Endodontics (root canals)
- Periodontics (gum disease treatment)
- Orthodontics (braces)
- Prosthodontics (implant dentistry)
What Are the Benefits of Seeing a Comprehensive Dentist?
A comprehensive dentistry is your one-stop-shop for all your oral health needs. Our dentist can examine your teeth, gums, and jaws, and check for signs of decay, disease, and misalignment. This process enables our dentist to spot signs of oral cancer, gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health issues. From there, our dentist can work with you to develop a treatment plan that would address your dental needs. Dr. Chris can offer treatments ranging from cleanings to fillings to crowns.
Dr. Chris can also help you maintain healthy teeth between visits. For example, he may recommend a fluoride treatment to strengthen your enamel or show you how to brush and floss more effectively. He may also recommend a mouthguard to protect your teeth during contact sports or a nightguard to prevent grinding and clenching.
What To Expect During A Comprehensive Dental Exam
Comprehensive exams provide our dentist with the opportunity to evaluate your mouth as a whole. Having a baseline for your oral health can help our dentist catch potential issues before they become serious.
The comprehensive exam is an hour-long appointment. This is an in-depth visit that allows our dentist to evaluate the health of your teeth and gums. We will review your medical history, including medications and supplements you are taking. We will perform an extensive and detailed review and exam of your teeth, gums, and mouth. We will also take X-rays and panoramic images of your mouth.
During a comprehensive exam, our dentist will:
- Examine your teeth and mouth for any signs of decay or disease
- Diagnose any present dental issues
- Determine if your teeth are the right length, shape, and alignment
- Identify any gum issues
- Review your medical history
- Take X-rays
What to Expect After a Comprehensive Exam
After a comprehensive examination, our dentist will inform you of any findings, including any necessary treatment, as well as answer any follow-up questions you may have. By maintaining a healthy mouth, you are investing in your overall health and well-being. A comprehensive dental exam is also a good opportunity for you to ask questions and bring up concerns.
To learn more about the comprehensive dentistry procedures offered by Osuna Dental Care, call us at (505) 884-1989 or visit our dental office located at 8400 Osuna Rd NE #5A, Albuquerque, NM 87111.