When it comes to your health, you need to be proactive with dental problems by getting them diagnosed and treated before they become larger issues. This is why it is important to schedule an annual dental exam for you and your family. While teeth are superficially examined during a cleaning, an exam provides a much more in-depth analysis. Dental exams at SEDA Dental of Pinecrest evaluate your general and oral health by checking for tooth decay, diseases, and signs of oral cancer. Our team of certified dentists will determine your need for treatments and check your bite and jaw for problems. A series of x-rays will also be taken to get better insight into the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. If you live in or near Pinecrest, FL, schedule an annual dental examination for yourself and your family at SEDA Dental of Pinecrest.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer includes any abnormal growth of cells in the mouth, including the lips, gums, jawbone, salivary glands, tongue, and throat. Every dental exam at SEDA Dental of Pinecrest includes an oral cancer screening to look for early signs, including sores, inflammation, lumps, and lesions. We will also palpate the throat and jaw for abnormalities. If any areas of concern are found, a biopsy may be performed or you will be referred to a specialist for further care.
Pinecrest, FL patients of all ages should receive an annual dental exam. Many common problems, like gum disease (the biggest cause of tooth loss), do not have symptoms you can notice. When problems are caught early, the better your chances will be for a successful treatment with less invasive options.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that all children go to the dentist before their first birthday. We can help with issues, like teething, baby bottle tooth decay, and the use of pacifiers. The team at SEDA Dental of Pinecrest can help you understand how to care and clean your baby's mouth so they start healthy habits early — this will also help them throughout their life. Dental exams are also important for children as they get older as their mouth develops.
What To Expect
Your dental examination will start with an overall assessment of your gums, teeth, tongue, roof of your mouth, inside your cheeks, throat, and other oral checkpoints. This includes looking for signs of oral cancer throughout your mouth. A member of our team will take x-rays and screen for abnormal tissue in the gums. We will evaluate your head, neck, and jaw, including your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and bite. We will then talk about anything found and how to best treat it. Then, we will discuss any health problems you have, medications you may be taking, and how they might impact your oral health by causing dry mouth and tooth decay. Finally, we will examine any prosthetics you have, like dentures or bridges, to check the fit and wear.
The follow-up period will depend on your oral health. If no dental issues are identified during your exam, then the only follow-up would be to continue a regimen of dental health, including brushing and flossing twice a day, along with annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings at SEDA Dental of Pinecrest. If an issue that needs to be addressed is detected, options will be discussed and treatments can be scheduled.
Since a dental exam is vital to your oral health, it is typically covered by dental insurance. Our office will work with your dental insurance company to determine your coverage and any out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have dental insurance, SEDA Dental of Pinecrest accepts many payment options, including medical financing. We are happy to work with you to make sure you can afford good oral health.
Annual Dental Exams
Maintaining a healthy mouth means you do not just go to the dentist only when something goes wrong. Preventive care is vital, and it can save your teeth, as well as a significant amount of money. We recommend visiting SEDA Dental of Pinecrest every year for a dental examination. Doing so will enable you to stay on top of issues by catching and treating them early. We do our best to make dental exams a positive experience for you and your family so staying healthy is easier. Contact our office in Pinecrest, FL to schedule your appointment.