There are 4 basic kinds of patient exams:
- Sercode 110; Initial examination which is done for all NP at the time of their initial FMX and any subsequent FMX’s. This is usually once every 3 to 5 years. “Initial” is a poor choice of words since it will recur time and time again.
- Sercode 120; Periodic Oral Evaluation is done at every scheduled prophy appointment not to exceed twice a year.
- Sercode 130; Emergency exam is done when the doctor treats a problem at a time other than scheduled hygiene maintenance therapy appointment.
- The 93xx series of sercodes are reserved for specialists’ exams.
- Noun: A cardboard or plastic holder designed to store and display radiographs in a useable sequence.
- Verb: To place radiographs into the holder.
- Upper Right (teeth # 1 – 8)
- Upper Left (teeth # 9 – 16)
- Lower Left (teeth # 17 – 24)
- Lower Right (teeth # 25 – 32)
Teeth are numbered starting from the patient’s upper right, going across to the upper left, then the lower left and then over to the lower right. If you were “standing on your own tongue” this would describe the letter “C”.
Structures that are dense (such as silver fillings or metal restoration) will block most of the photons and will appear white on developed film. Structures containing air will be black on film, and teeth, tissue, and fluid will appear as shades of gray.