About Dental Examinations
To keep your family's smiles healthy and happy, it is important to have your teeth, gums, and overall dental wellness examined on a regular preventive basis. Comprehensive dental exams allow general dentist Dr. Fesaha Gebrehiwot to detect and effectively treat dental problems early on, saving you from greater treatment needs and time spent visiting the dentist. Dental examinations at Trusted Dental Care evaluate your total oral health by checking for tooth decay, gum disease, and signs of oral cancer. Dr. G. will assess your bite and jaw for problems and identify any treatment needs to restore your oral health. Digital x-rays, 3D oral images, and intraoral pictures may also be taken to give our team a better view of the health of your teeth, jawbone, and gums. If you live near Wylie, TX, schedule a dental examination for you and your family with the caring, experienced team at Trusted Dental Care.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer includes abnormal cell growth and can occur anywhere in the mouth, including the lips, gums, floor of the mouth, palate, cheeks, jawbone, throat area, tongue, and salivary glands. Each dental examination at Trusted Dental Care includes an oral cancer screening to check for any abnormalities or symptoms of concern, such as sores, flat or raised lesions, nodules, or lumps. Dr. G. will also evaluate your neck and jaw for abnormal growths. If any areas of concern are found, a biopsy can be performed or you may be referred to a specialist for further care.
Dental Exam Reviews
Who Should Have a Dental Exam?
Wylie, TX residents of all ages should have a comprehensive oral examination at least once a year. Many common issues, such as gum disease (the primary cause of tooth loss), may not always present with noticeable symptoms. If dental problems like gum disease and tooth decay (cavities) are caught early, the better your chances will be for a successful treatment outcome with less invasive options.
The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests that young children go to the dentist before they turn one. During these visits, Dr. G. can help with issues like pacifier-use and thumb-sucking, teething, and baby bottle tooth decay. The team at Trusted Dental Care can teach you ways to clean and care for your child's teeth and gums so they establish healthy habits that will serve them throughout their life. Dental exams are also important for older children as their jaw develops, baby teeth exfoliate (fall out), and permanent teeth erupt.
What To Expect
Before starting your exam, Dr. G. will review your medical and dental histories, and prescriptions or supplements you are taking, and talk with you about your oral and smile concerns. Your dental exam will begin with an initial assessment of your teeth, tongue, gums, throat, roof of your mouth, inside your cheeks, and other oral checkpoints. This includes looking for signs of oral cancer in your mouth. A member of our well-trained team may take x-rays, 3D oral images, and intraoral pictures of your mouth and jaw so that Dr. G. can check for any hidden concerns or dental problems that are not visually apparent. Dr. G. will evaluate your head, neck, and jaw, including your bite and temporomandibular joints (TMJ), and measure the spaces between your teeth and gums to evaluate for the presence of gum disease. Any crowns, fillings, bridges, or other restorations you have will be thoroughly evaluated to check the wear and fit. Once your exam is complete, Dr. G. will review any dental concerns, customize your care and talk with you about your treatment options, and answer questions you may have.
After Your Dental Examination
The time at which to schedule your next dental appointment will depend on the results of your comprehensive dental exam. If Dr. G. does not find any problems, then he will generally recommend that you schedule annual dental exams and twice-yearly professional cleanings at Trusted Dental Care. In the event that Dr. G. does detect oral concerns that need to be addressed, your treatment options will be reviewed and scheduled accordingly. Keeping up with a good oral hygiene routine at home along with maintaining preventive care visits can also help minimize your risk for dental issues.
Since a dental exam is a preventive service and is critical to your dental health, it is typically covered fully by dental insurance. Our office will work with your dental insurance company to understand your coverage and any personal costs. Trusted Dental Care is pleased to accept several payment options, including medical financing, to help you cover any uninsured portion of your care. Dr. G. and our team are happy to work with you to make sure your family receives quality, affordable care for your smiles.
Maintain a Healthy Smile
Keeping your mouth healthy involves more than just visiting the dentist when you have a dental problem. Preventive care and regular dental exams can save your oral health and minimize your risks for costly care down the road. By visiting Dr. G. and our team at Trusted Dental Care regularly for a dental examination, you can stay on top of oral problems through early detection. We strive to make dental examinations a pleasant, personalized experience for you and your family so you can get the care you need for lifetime dental health. Contact our team in Wylie, TX today to schedule your dental exam.