Comprehensive Evaluation

South Bay Prosthodontics

Prosthodontists & Restorative Cosmetic Dentist located in Torrance, CA

If it’s been more than a year since your last trip to the dentist, a comprehensive evaluation can provide key insights into your oral well-being. At South Bay Prosthodontics in Torrance, California, MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, Michelle Ikoma, DDS, and the team regularly provide comprehensive evaluations for men and women who want to lower their risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Make your appointment today by calling our office.

Comprehensive Evaluation Q & A

What is a comprehensive oral evaluation?

A comprehensive oral evaluation is a preventive dentistry exam that looks at all aspects of your oral health, including the appearance and condition of your gums, tongue, teeth, and jawbone. 

During a comprehensive oral evaluation, your South Bay Prosthodontics provider also reviews your medical history, asks you questions about your nutrition and oral hygiene, and performs a series of diagnostic tests to determine your risk of cavities, tooth decay, and other oral problems. 

What happens during a comprehensive oral evaluation?

A comprehensive oral evaluation investigates all aspects of your oral health and includes:

Extraoral exam

During an extraoral exam, your dentist looks for visible abnormalities on your cheeks, jaw, and neck. For example, a bump or lump could indicate throat or thyroid cancer. Your dentist also looks for functional abnormalities and signs of physical abuse. 

Intraoral exam

During an intraoral exam, your dentist uses a small mirror to look at the surface and sides of your teeth. Your dentist also double-checks any crowns or fillings in your mouth to ensure they’re in good condition.

Diagnostic imaging

Your dentist uses diagnostic imaging like X-rays to get a closer look at your tooth roots, jawbone, and gums. As a preventive measure, diagnostic imaging can alert the team to tooth decay and gum disease before they’re irreversible.


After performing a thorough exam and taking X-rays, the team cleans, polishes, and flosses your teeth, eradicating any plaque, tartar, and food particles. If it’s been a long time since you last visited the dentist, they may also perform a deep cleaning and root scaling. 

Lifestyle recommendations

Last, but not least, your dentist makes a series of lifestyle recommendations. For example, if you drink soda or energy drinks, the team may recommend cutting back or switching to a healthier beverage like water. They can also assist you in breaking bad habits like biting your fingernails or quitting smoking. 

Who can benefit from a comprehensive oral evaluation?

Anyone who wants to lower their risk of cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems can benefit from a comprehensive oral evaluation. Even if you brush and floss regularly and eat a well-balanced diet, professional cleanings, and exams matter.

Whether you’ve recently moved to the area or it’s simply been a few years since your last checkup, the team at South Bay Prosthodontics can help. Make your appointment today by calling.