Comprehensive Oral Exam (COE)
Every new patient to our office will begin with a Comprehensive Oral Exam by one our Registered Dental Hygienists and a Dentist. As an existing patient at our office, you will have a comprehensive oral exam every 3-5 years based on your oral health needs.
Your hygienist’s diagnostic portion of the exam includes: capturing radiographic images, digital images, an oral cancer screening, bite assessment, and a thorough gum assessment measuring all gum pockets. Your dental hygienist will then explain their findings and show you all areas of concern on your x-rays.
Your dentist’s portion of the exam includes: looking for decay/cavities, infection, broken teeth, wear on teeth, teeth positioning, signs of cancer, suspicious growths/lesions, and gum health. Your dentist will examine all your diagnostic images, and combine that with their clinical exam to create a treatment plan best suited to your oral health needs.
Your dentist will discuss their findings with you, as well as options for the recommended treatment for each condition. Our dentists reserve this time specifically to meet with you, and discuss your concerns so please feel free to discuss any areas of concern with your dentist at this time. We all want to make the experience as comfortable for you as possible, and if you let us know your concerns, we can work with you to address them.
After your exam you will have time to meet with our treatment coordinator, who will be able to further discuss the care plan created for you, as well as answer any financial questions that you may have.
How long will my comprehensive oral exam take?
The appointment takes approximately 90 minutes. This allows enough time for the dental team to completely assess all of your concerns, and to create a treatment plan based on your individual needs.