Why do you need a dental exam?
Fair question, right? If nothing is bothering you, why have someone go poking around in your mouth?
It turns out that there are plenty of reasons! Patients can have cavities, gum disease, infections, or pre-cancerous conditions without any pain or other symptoms, so it is important to get routine exams. For most patients, we recommend an exam every 6 months.
What is a dental exam?
We provide a thorough, comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, your gums, and your mouth. There is more to your teeth than just the smile that you see in the mirror – humans have 32 teeth, and each tooth has five separate surfaces that are exposed to the oral environment. We will inspect every single surface of every single tooth, checking for cavities, micro-fractures, enamel wear, discoloration, failing restorations, and more.
In addition to a clinical exam, we will take the appropriate x-rays to help diagnose conditions that may not be visible to the naked eye, such as cavities, infections, and bone loss. Our x-ray system uses digital technology that instantaneously captures the images of your teeth and bones. You can see the results within seconds after the x-ray is taken. Digital x-rays also deliver less radiation to patients than conventional film x-rays, so in addition to being more efficient, they're also safer.
Most of our patients are not dental experts, and trying to appreciate new results, findings, and diagnoses after exams can be challenging. We get that, and we want to help you better understand your oral health and empower you to fight and prevent disease. Our dentists are happy to take the time to talk with you and answer any questions or concerns you have.
One of our favorite ways to teach patients about their mouths is with our intra-oral camera. This miniature digital camera can show you exactly what it is that we are seeing inside your mouth, from a viewpoint that you could never see with a mirror alone. Not only is the intraoral camera useful, but it's also a lot of fun!
How can I schedule an exam?
Has it been awhile since your last exam? Don’t worry! Whether you’re a regular who we welcome back every six months, a patient who hasn’t had an exam in years, or someone who has never been to the dentist before, we look forward to seeing you.
Whether you have had a recent dental problem or you are just curious about the status of your dental health, take a proactive approach to maintaining a healthy mouth. Call 301-963-0800 to schedule an exam with one of our dentists. We have appointments as early as at 7:00 am for your convenience.