A dental exam is a check-up of your teeth and gums to make sure you don’t have any dental issues. During the oral exam, we carry out a comprehensive check of your whole mouth along with a routine dental cleaning and occasional x-rays when necessary. Our aim is to take a thorough and individualized approach to any teeth problems or gum problems you may have.
Signs of gum and tooth issues may include:
- Red, sore, and/or inflamed gums
- Softening of the tooth’s enamel
- Large measurements of the periodontal pockets
- Clicking of the jaw
- And more
We take into account your medical and dental history while listening to your questions and concerns. An initial comprehensive dental exam usually takes around 90 minutes. After the initial exam, regular dental checkups can take between 30 minutes to an hour.
We recommend regular dental examinations every six months to ensure your teeth are getting a proper dental exam and cleaning. Our dental cleaning services include:
- A physical tooth and gum exam
- Removal of plaque and tartar
- Professional flossing
- Application of fluoride treatment (optional)
- And more
We will discuss with you any issues we have identified, present the various dental treatment options, and then devise a personalized treatment plan. If complex treatment is required, a written comprehensive treatment plan and estimate of fees will be provided for the estimated dental work. Specialist referrals will be organized if this is in your best interest.
If you have questions regarding good oral hygiene, how to properly clean your teeth, or how much a dental exam costs, call us at (515) 817-1090.