Share of Cost, Dental Examination of Your Teeth
During your dental visits, your dentist will check for any signs of decay by looking at each tooth surface. The dentist also will poke your teeth with a tool called an explorer to detect cavities. Decayed tooth enamel is softer than healthy enamel. If you have fillings, permanent bridges, crowns or other restorations, your dentist will check to make certain that they remain whole and sound and that the teeth around them have no sign of decay.