To keep yourself healthy, you should try to avoid dental issues by getting them diagnosed before they develop into painful conditions. These problems can be identified during a dental examination for yourself and your whole family. While the mouth is examined superficially in your bi-annual cleaning, a dental examination consists of a more thorough analysis. Dental examinations at Ah! Dentistry assess your total oral health by looking for tooth decay, diseases, and signs of oral cancer. Our experienced dentists will determine your need for procedures and look for problems with your bite and jaw. Digital images can be used for a better view of the hidden problems in your teeth, jawbone, and gums. If you live near the DFW area, make an appointment for a dental examination at Ah! Dentistry.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is an abnormal cell growth in the mouth, including the lips, gums, jawbone, salivary glands, tongue, and throat. Each exam at Ah! Dentistry will include a screening for oral cancer to check for any symptoms, including inflammation, sores, lesions, and lumps. Your Ah! Dentistry dentist will also feel your jaw and throat for abnormal growths. Should any areas of concern be discovered, a biopsy can be done or you may need care from a specialist.
DFW area residents of every age should receive an annual dental examination. Some of the most common issues, such as periodontal disease (the top reason for tooth loss), may not have signs you can see. If issues are noticed early, you will have more treatment options and a better chance of treatment success.
The ADA (American Dental Association) suggests that babies visit a dentist before they turn one. We can talk about common concerns, including teething, using pacifiers, and baby bottle tooth decay. Our team at Ah! Dentistry can talk to you about ways to clean and care for your baby's oral health so they develop good habits early in life. Dental examinations are also vital for older children as their teeth, gums, and jaw develop.
What To Expect
Your dental examination will begin with a cursory evaluation of your gums, teeth, tongue, throat, inside your cheeks, roof of your mouth, and other checkpoints. This includes checking for symptoms of oral cancer. A member of our team may take digital images and check for abnormal gum tissue. We will also evaluate your neck, head, and jaw, including the bite and temporomandibular joints (TMJ). We will then discuss any issues discovered and your treatment options. Next, we will go over any other concerns you may have, prescriptions and supplements you are taking, and if they might affect your dental health by causing tooth decay or dry mouth. Lastly, we will check any restorations you have, such as crowns and dentures, to assess the wear and fit.
How soon you need to return will be based on the results of your exam. If no concerns are identified, then you can follow a regular dental health regimen with flossing and brushing every day, plus yearly dental examinations and twice-yearly professional cleanings at Ah! Dentistry. If an issue is found that needs treatment, procedures can be reviewed and planned.
Since a dental exam is vital to your health, it's frequently covered by insurance. We can contact your insurance to calculate your coverage and any personal expenses. If you don't have insurance, Ah! Dentistry takes several payments, including medical financing. We can work with you to help you afford good dental health.
Plan Your Procedure
- How Long It Takes
- 30 Min – 45 Min
Annual Dental Exams
Keeping your mouth healthy means you can't go to the dentist only when something is wrong. You need to seek preventive care. This may save your mouth from problems, plus a lot of money and time. We suggest appointments at Ah! Dentistry once a year for a dental exam. This can help you to minimize concerns by treating them in the early stages. We try very hard to make dental visits a pleasant experience for all patients so it is easier to keep yourself healthy. Contact our team in the DFW area to schedule your dental exam.