An examination typically lasts for 60 minutes for new patients and 30 minutes for recall patients and consists of:
- The jaw joints checked carefully as well as other important structures outside of the mouth
- The teeth checked for any abnormalities, such as decay or fractures, as well as any existing restorations e.g. crowns, bridges and implants
- Gums are assessed to ensure no gingivitis or gum disease is developing
- Finally the soft tissues and other supporting structures in the mouth are examined very closely to ensure that they are in the healthiest condition and nothing sinister is developing
With a range of instruments the tissues, teeth and gums are carefully examined for any signs of abnormalities. Additionally, dental x-rays maybe required to assess in between the teeth as these areas cannot be seen with the naked eyes. It is also essential to take x-rays to check existing restorations (e.g. crowns, bridges and fillings) to ensure they are not cracking or becoming decayed at the edges.