Complete Dental Examination

A dental examintion is complete if it allows identification of all active factors that are capable of causing or contributing to the deterioration of oral health or function. It is incomplete if it does not provide enough information to develop a total treatment plan aimed at optimum maintainability of the teeth and their supporting structures.

Since there is no effective way to achieve maintainable oral health without a harmony of all parts of the masticatory system, the total system must be evaluated. what affects one part of the system will eventually affect the other parts.

A careful diagnostician must first be a careful examiner who observes every deleterious effect in the form of signs or symptom and then analyzes for all the possible causes.

The components of a complete exam consist of:

  • A complete series of x-rays
  • Accurate Diagnostic Models Mouted on an Articulator utilizing a facebow and centric relation bite
The Following clinical findings must be evaluated for and Exam to be complete.:
  • Existing restorations
  • Existing prosthetic Replacements
  • Decay (Caries) index
    • Dental Abcesses
  • Periodontium (Gums)-evaluated with a periodontal probe and general appearance
    • Soft Tissue Pockets
    • Mobility of the teeth
    • Oral Hygiene
    • Recession and Sensitivity
  • Occlusion (Bite)
    • Interferences
    • Excessive Wear
    • Relationship of the Dental Arches
    • How the teeth relate to each other
    • "Line and Plane of Occlusion"
    • TMJ Syndrome
  • Missing Teeth-Do they need replacement
  • Esthetics-The Cosmetic appearance of the Teeth
  • Soft Tissue (Cancer Exam)-Are there any lesions
  • Medical Complications
  • Any other pertinent information
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Information Source: "The Concept of Complete Dentistry" by Peter Dawson