Dental Examinations

Dental Examinations

Keeping your mouth happy and healthy requires more than just brushing and flossing every day. While these habits are essential, professional care is just as important. With professional care, we can help you to prevent serious oral health issues and provide treatment when issues arise. Walker Dental Team can help you to maintain optimal oral health with regular dental exams.

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Why Do I Need Regular Exams?

A dental examination is an inspection of your mouth. During your exam, we check the condition of your teeth, your gums, your intraoral tissues, and the other areas of your mouth, checking for signs of different oral health issues. We are experienced in spotting the earliest warning signs of different types of oral health concerns, allowing you to get the treatment you need before they progress into something more serious. The American Dental Association recommends that you have your mouth examined every six months, and these exams are typically performed in the same appointment as your routine dental cleanings.

What Happens at an Exam?

A dental exam is a simple, straightforward process. We begin by inspecting the visible structures within your mouth. Your teeth are looked over for chips, cracks, decay, cavities, and wear. We look over your gums, checking for signs of infection such as redness, swelling, recession, and the formation of periodontal pockets. We also perform an oral cancer screening. This is a quick screening of your intraoral tissues during which we check for abnormalities such as lesions or unusual growths. Oral cancer screenings are essential for the early detection and treatment of oral cancer.

In addition to a visual examination of your mouth, we also take X-rays. While these images may not be taken at every exam, they are still a crucial component. X-ray images allow us to see the areas between your teeth and below your gum line, places we cannot otherwise see. With X-rays, we can detect issues that might otherwise go unnoticed until they become more serious. We can spot things such as:

  • Cavities between your teeth.
  • Damage to your tooth roots.
  • Bone damage and bone loss.
  • Abscesses and cysts.
  • Impacted teeth.

With a complete picture of your mouth, we can see its exact condition. We are also able to provide you with the treatments you need to restore your oral health before more serious issues develop later on.

After examining your mouth, we take the time to discuss with you. We go over issues we find and what your treatment options are. We discuss things such as your brushing and flossing habits as well as lifestyle habits such as smoking and drinking. We also make sure to take the time to answer any questions and discuss your concerns so that you feel confident in the care you are receiving.

Benefits of Regular Exams

Dental exams provide many benefits.

  • We can spot oral health issues in their earliest stages, which helps you to get the treatment you need.
  • Treatments are generally less invasive when treated in early stages.
  • With your oral cancer screening, we can detect the earliest stages of oral cancer, which can be lifesaving.
  • You save money. Not only are early treatments less invasive, but they also tend to be less expensive.

Regular dental exams are essential for detecting oral health issues in their earliest stages before you ever notice anything is wrong. This allows you to get then the treatment you need right away to prevent serious consequences. If it is time for your dental exam, call Walker Dental Team to make an appointment today.