Comprehensive Exam

Most people are aware that going to the dentist is beneficial not only for their oral health but their overall health as well. When you visit the team at Wager Evans Dental, we promise to provide you with great care. We will share with you your current healthcare information to help maintain your oral health and your overall well-being. Your Comprehensive exam is the best way for Dr. Evans to get to know you, your concerns, along with your medical history in order to create a personalized treatment plan just for you.

What to Expect at Your Exam?

When you are a new patient at Wager Evans Dental, we will listen and learn about your concerns along with a thorough review of your medical and dental history. This is to make sure we understand your concerns and any underlying medical conditions or any medication that may affect your dental care. Then Dr. Evans will complete a comprehensive examination, which will involve looking at the teeth, gums, lips, saliva, throat, cheeks, and neck, as well as any necessary x-rays. Then at the end of the examination, Dr. Evans will provide information of what was observed during the evaluation and if any further examination or care is needed.

Who Should Have a Comprehensive Examination?

Typically, comprehensive examinations are suitable for any patient that is new to the practice so that the Doctors can get the information they need to ensure proper dental care. A comprehensive exam is the standard of care and required by law prior to any significant treatment. Also, these exams are suitable for anyone who has not received any dental care in the past 18 months. A comprehensive exam is a good investment, it can catch any potential problems before they become painful, time-consuming, and expensive. If you are due for an exam call our office today.

The Components of a Comprehensive Exam

Digital X-Rays

Radiographs or X-Rays are a useful tool to help your dentist see if there are any current problems and potentially eliminate future concerns.  X-Rays are done at comprehensive exams for a new patient and at most exams for existing patients. The number of necessary X-Rays a patient gets is based upon age, health, risk of disease, and any symptoms of an oral disease that may be occurring.

What do X-Rays Check for?

Dental x-rays are very important for your oral health. X-rays are able to show the dentist any problems that could be under the surface in the teeth or jaw. Dental X-Rays are a great tool for early detection of:

  • Cavities hidden under fillings
  • Small cavities (insipient decay)
  • Effects of Gum Disease
  • Infections in the bone
  • Tumors
  • Cysts

Dr. Evans will talk with to let you know the reasons for receiving an x-ray so that you are part of the process. There is no danger associated with digital x-rays. Digital X-Rays expose patients to minimum radiation, in fact you get more radiation by being on an airplane than from a digital x-ray.


In order to keep your tooth enamel healthy, adding fluoride to your daily life is very beneficial. Topically applied fluoride has a proven record on caries prevention. At Wager Evans Dental we can tell you all about fluoride and the essential use to prevent cavities and tooth decay.

How Does Fluoride Protect Your Teeth?

From the time your teeth first erupt the protective tooth enamel that is built starts to slowly decay from the different carbohydrates that enter the mouth. By consuming fluoride through food, drink, and in your toothpaste, it helps to rebuild the enamel that is getting broken down. Eventually, the more you consume fluoride, then it becomes part of your saliva which is a benefit that can fight against cavities. Ask the team how to get more fluoride in your daily life for a great smile.

Where Can You Get Fluoride?

Fluoride can be found in an abundance of places. At Wager Evans Dental we will help you in find ways to add fluoride into your daily life. Some of these ways are:

  • Brushing 2-3 times a day with fluoride enriched toothpaste
  • Ask Dr. Evans about an in-office fluoride application
  • Drinking water. Fluoride is found naturally occurring in most water sources and is in many drinking drinks of water now.
  • Take a supplement of fluoride. Talk to Dr. Evans about getting a prescription for this supplement based on your personal fluoride needs.
  • Fluoride application as part of treatment after restoration is like having insurance against decay.

If you feel that adding more fluoride into your daily life would be beneficial to your oral care, then feel free to consult the team at Wager Evans Dental.

Schedule Your Comprehensive Exam

If you are interested in getting a thorough look into your oral healthcare needs then click here to request an appointment, or call our office today at (775) 829-7700. Located in Reno, NV, we proudly welcome residents from South Meadows, Double Diamond, Caughlin Ranch, Donner Springs, Meadowood, Sommersett, Arrowcreek, and all surrounding communities.

I’ve been going to Wager Evans Dental for years now and have only great things to say about Dr. Evans and all the wonderful people who work there. They always clearly explain what to expect and why we’re doing it. Not only do they provide dental services but also education and tools for home at the same time. My dental health has improved as a result. Thanks so much to everyone at Wager Evans Dental!

-Neil B.