In some cases, your first visit with Kneib Dentistry may be due to an acute problem, such as injury, bleeding, or severe pain. The good news is that we can get you in quickly – usually the same day! This will be a shorter exam to address your immediate problem. After your dental emergency is treated, we will find a convenient time for you to return for a full evaluation and comprehensive dental exam.

Our Comprehensive New Patient Dental Exam takes approximately one hour and consists of the following:

  • Review of previous dental history
  • Review of medical history
  • Interview with the patient concerning past, present, and future wants and concerns regarding his/her dental condition and needed treatment
  • A head and neck muscle examination
  • An examination of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
  • A screening examination and evaluation of the bite (screening for bruxism, excessive wear patterns on teeth, malocclusion, ect.)
  • A comprehensive periodontal examination (pocket, depth, mobility, furcation involvement, recession, tissue evaluation)
  • Decay detection using Diagnodent
  • Evaluation of dental restorations
  • Oral cancer screening with VELscope
  • Dental X-rays (if needed) from Bitewings to a panorex and a series of photographs of your teeth
  • An explanation of the findings along with a treatment plan

Dental Examination FAQs

What is a general dental examination? 

General dental exams are the second part of the semi-annual dental checkup dentists recommend most patients receive. Every six months, patients will get a cleaning (called a prophylaxis) by a dental hygienist, followed by a dental exam by the dentist themselves.

Dental exams are designed to identify any problems with your teeth and gums before they develop into major issues. A dentist will also check for issues that may arise in the future, such as diabetes or heart disease, as well as screening for oral cancer.

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