What Is a Dental Exam?
The key to enjoying a healthy lifestyle often begins with your smile. Oral health plays a significant role, not only in your ability to eat and speak comfortably but also in your overall health and general wellness. By staying current with your annual dental exams, you can take a proactive approach toward keeping your smile healthy and simply fantastic. A dental exam gives our experienced team of dentists a chance to identify and treat dental issues as early as possible and help prevent the need for more extensive care. Comprehensive dental exams at Made Ya Smile Dental are extremely thorough and screen for oral cancer, gum (periodontal) disease, tooth decay, TMJ problems, and any additional concerns that may affect your health and smile. Your jaw joints, bite (how upper and lower teeth fit together), and jawbone health will also be given a special evaluation.
During a dental exam, our team offers our undivided attention and listens closely to your concerns to better understand your unique dental health. We take a minimally invasive approach to diagnostic care using low-radiation digital x-rays and intraoral photos to check for areas of concern that are not visually apparent when we clinically examine your teeth and gums. We want you to have access to the best possible care and invite you and your family members to schedule dental examinations at Made Ya Smile Dental in Houston, TX.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer affects over 50,000 people each year. At Made Ya Smile Dental, our caring dentists and team are highly trained to identify symptoms of oral cancer and screen for this condition regularly at annual dental visits. When performing an oral cancer exam, we look for any areas in your mouth that appear suspicious or abnormal and that might indicate precancerous or cancerous concerns. Our dentists check the tongue, the floor of the mouth, throat area, lips, cheeks, and hard and soft palates and palpate salivary glands and the soft tissues the face and neck. If we find any unusual raised or irregular areas, lesions, white or red patches, or lumps, nodules, or sores, we may biopsy the area of concern or partner with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to determine if further treatment is needed.
Dental Exam Reviews
"Had a little bit of a wait, after my scheduled appointment time, but it wasn't bad. The hygienist and dentist I had were very sweet to me, and answered every question I had without me even needing to ask. I left with a widom tooth extraction scheduled with an oral surgeon, and was told I need a root canal, and they were very good at making me feel at ease about the whole process. They have very comfortable examination chairs, too! Felt like memory foam."- I.K. / Yelp / Dec 16, 2015
"There are so many great things to say about this Dental office. They have cookies and drinks in the lobby. All of the workers were always smiling as asking if You need anything. They were very thorough with the examination and cleaning. They brought me a blanket to cover my legs because I was cold. The assistant carried my purse and hung it up for me. The chairs have massage and heat settings. I got a free teeth whitening kit for being a first time patient. They answered all of my questions and took extra time on teeth that I was concerned about. Pam was the hygienist and she was amazing, my teeth feel great! They gave me a completely different experience than what I received at "la rosa dental." Send your whole family here ! Tell them I sent you"- C.L. / Yelp / Feb 18, 2016
"Very professional friendly and honest crew ... hygieneist was especially nice and worked really good .....dentist was friendly too seemed to have the latest of dental technology at there service"- M.A. / Google / Nov 02, 2018
"Probably the most through dental exam I have ever found. Very professional and friendly."- J.P. / Google / Nov 02, 2017
"My teeth examination went super great! From the young lady assistant that took me in from the waiting room to the dental hygienist to the dentist was extremely helpful and cleaned my teeth and found 4 cavities. Which was exactly what I was expecting. They were gentle with my entire procedure. I would recommend Made Ya Smile West 8 to anyone that wants a caring professional and understanding team of dental specialists to give them the best care possible with their teeth needs."- R.L. / Google / May 02, 2019
Who Should Have a Dental Exam?
All patients, regardless of age, should have a thorough dental exam at least once a year. In most cases, dental exams are provided during the same visit as one of your bi-annual dental cleanings. Our dentists follow the American Dental Association’s (ADA) recommendation that kids have their initial dental visit by the time they turn a year old. During your child’s exam, we can offer information on the use of pacifiers, thumb-sucking habits, and baby bottle tooth decay and show you the best method for keeping your little one’s teeth and gums healthy as their jaw develops. We love treating children and enjoy helping parents give them a healthy start to their smiles.
During your exam, we will screen for common dental issues, like tooth decay, gum disease, bite issues, and loose or damaged restorations. Some dental concerns may be affecting your smile but not necessarily presenting any uncomfortable symptoms. This is often the case with gum disease, which typically does not cause pain. Regular dental exams can enable our team to diagnose and treat problems early on, often reducing the need for more complex care and allowing you to experience optimal oral health and a comfortable smile.
What Does a Dental Exam Include?
Each comprehensive dental exam begins with a review of your medical history, dental concerns, changes in your health, and any supplements or medications that you take. Our dentists will check the function of your jaw joints (TMJ), evaluate your bite, and perform an oral cancer exam. We will then examine each individual tooth for damage and decay and check for any loose crowns, fillings, bridges, implants, or other restorations you have received. A gum disease screening will also be performed by one of our dentists or dental hygienists to identify any areas that are showing signs of periodontal infection.
At Made Ya Smile Dental, we take digital checkup x-rays on a yearly basis and will review these images carefully to determine the health of your jawbone that supports your teeth. X-rays are used in conjunction with your gum disease screening results to diagnose periodontal disease and can also show cysts or abscesses within the bone. X-rays are also useful for seeing hidden areas of decay that we cannot visualize when looking in your mouth, such as underneath fillings or between teeth. Rest assured, we only take x-rays when necessary and use low-radiation digital methods to improve your safety and minimize your overall exposure. An intraoral camera may also be used to take images of hard-to-see areas in your mouth to give you a better understanding of your treatment needs.
Upon completion of your annual dental exam, we will present our findings to you and review any treatment recommendations necessary to help keep your dental health and smile in top shape.
After Your Dental Check Up
Most patients receive their annual dental exams during one of their bi-annual cleaning visits. In some cases, however, our dentists may recommend exams or dental cleanings on a more frequent schedule to meet individual oral health needs. Maintaining your teeth and gums with daily brushing and flossing techniques between your visits at our practice is very important to the overall appearance and health of your smile. During your appointments with our team, we will customize oral hygiene instructions for you to use at home and point out any areas of concern that may need more attention. We want you to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile and offer the comprehensive care you need to achieve long-term oral health.
Are Dental Exams Covered by Insurance?
As preventive care services, annual dental exams are usually covered by dental insurance. Our team will contact your provider and review your list of benefits. If you have any out-of-pocket expenses or are not using dental insurance, we can discuss our flexible options for payment. Made Ya Smile Dental wants every member of your family to get the care needed for a comfortable smile. We accept most PPO plans along with third-party financing through CareCredit® to make getting the treatment you need affordable and convenient.
Maintain a Healthy Smile
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy and comfortable on a regular basis can serve your smile both now and well into the future. Though you may not notice any symptoms of a dental problem, having your gums, teeth, and oral tissues examined each year can identify concerns early on and help save you time and money over the long-term. Receive the preventive care your family needs for lasting oral health in a warm and welcoming environment. Contact Made Ya Smile Dental in Houston, TX today to reserve comprehensive dental exams for your family.
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