The best diagnosis requires an experienced eye & the best technology.
Regular examinations by your dentist are the best protection against dental conditions, such as gum disease and tooth loss.
Dental x-rays are an important diagnostic tool used to identify several issues of the mouth for children, including tooth decay, tumors, cysts, and extra teeth. We offer dental diagnostics and oral exams for kids in the New York City area.
What is a comprehensive oral exam?
A comprehensive examination consists of the following:
- Dental X-Rays
- Intraoral/Extraoral Exams
- Dental Occlusal Analysis
- Periodontal Screenings
- TMJ Screenings
What kind of x-rays do you take?
Dental x-rays are an important diagnostic tool used to identify several issues of the mouth for children, including tooth decay, tumors, cysts, and extra teeth. X-rays provide your dentist with a complete overview of the structures in your child’s mouth.
At Central Park Dentistry Pediatric Dental Care, we take only digital x-rays. Digital x-ray results are available immediately, allowing us to quickly assess and discuss the diagnoses with you. Our pediatric dentists take single periapical films for a single tooth view, bitewing films to view the premolar and molar teeth and a panoramic film when they need a view of the entire mouth and jaw.
Our NYC pediatric dentists will determine each child’s need for dental radiographs on an individual basis after gathering clinical findings and risk factors for disease.
Are x-rays safe?
Yes! New technology allows for digital X-rays, which can reduce the radiation exposure by more than 50 percent.
What are intraoral/extraoral exams?
An important aspect of your child’s first visit to a dental office is the examination of the head and neck. This is the extraoral exam. The dentist evaluates the development of the soft tissues of the head and neck and ensures progression at an appropriate rate, or if there are any conditions requiring further investigation.
The intraoral exam is an evaluation of the inside of the mouth and teeth often using dental x-rays.
What is a dental occlusal analysis?
This analysis allows the dentist to evaluate the relationship between your child’s upper and lower jaws. Early examination can be crucial to preventing trauma, tooth sensitivity, and even braces in the future.
What is a TMJ screening?
The Temporomandibular Joint, also known as TMJ, is located in front of your ear where your skull and jaw meet. TMJ disorders can typically be characterized by recurring pain in the face or jaw area, causing headaches, earaches, restrictions on mouth openings, and clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint. A clinical examination is important to ensure a proper diagnosis.
What is a periodontal screening?
Periodontal screenings focus on the education and diagnosis of gum disease, which includes gingivitis and periodontitis.