Dental Exam & Checkup for Oral Health
One of the most important steps you can take to improve and maintain your oral health is to schedule regular dental exams and checkups. These regular dental exams and checkups are important at any age, as they allow your dentist to provide thorough cleanings and identify potential issues, such as signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or symptoms of oral cancer. By discovering these issues early on, we can provide interventions and support, preventing more serious issues from developing in the future.
To ensure that you have a clear understanding of what to expect during your dental exam checkup, please refer to the information provided below. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment for a dental exam and checkup, contact us today at 281-359-9100, or visit our office at 2325 Timber Shadows Drive, Building A, Kingwood TX 77339.
We look forward to working with you, and helping you achieve the highest level of healthcare!
Dental Exam and Checkup Expectations
Every patient will have a slightly different experience during their dental exam and checkup, but in general the process will involve the following:
- Initial evaluation of your oral hygiene and overall health
- Evaluation for indications of bone or gum disease and/or root or tooth decay
- Evaluation for need of tooth replacement or restoration
- Inspection of existing restorations
- Occlusion inspection and evaluation of jaw
- Removal of surface deposits or stains on the surface of your teeth
- Demonstration of proper oral hygiene self-care for teeth or dentures
- Assessment of need for fluoride treatment
- If necessary, X-rays and/or additional diagnostic testing
Additional routine dental exam and checkups may include the following:
- Oral cancer screening: One of the most important services we provide is examining your lips, gum, throat, neck, and face for indications of oral cancer
- X-rays: If necessary, X-rays or other diagnostic tests will be taken to detect bone loss, decay, tumors, cysts, and/or to inform procedural approaches
- Examination of dentures or bridges: Adjustment for improved fit will be made if necessary.
- Discussion of lifestyle changes: In addition to providing intervention support, we are also committed to helping you maintain and improve your oral health at home. We are happy to provide insight and information into steps you can take to alter lifestyle habits to improve your oral health, such as stopping smoking, changing your diet, or practicing proper brushing and flossing techniques.
- Dental impression: It may be helpful to use your dental exam checkup as an opportunity to make an impression of your jaw or jaws to evaluate your bite, or in preparation for designing a customized mouth or night guard.
Deep Teeth Cleaning
There are two primary types of deep teeth cleanings that may be performed, depending upon the general health of your gums. If our initial evaluation indicates that your gums are in good general health and the pockets are no deeper than 3mm, the dental cleaning will typically consist of removing calculus, plaque, and stain that has accumulated above the gum line. This type of cleaning is an important step for maintaining healthy teeth, gums, and bone.
If our initial exam indicates that the pockets are deeper than 3mm, this is likely an indication that periodontal disease has begun to develop, in which case you will need a deep teeth cleaning and scaling and root planing procedure. In addition to providing a standard cleaning, your dentist will also remove the bacteria, debris, and tartar that has developed below your gum line. Once this has been removed, the surface of your tooth will be planed or smoothed out, which makes it more difficult for bacteria to develop.
Minimizing the Need for Dental Exams and Checkups
To continue enjoying good oral health and reduce your risk of developing oral health issues in the future, it is important to continue brushing and flossing (twice daily, minimum), be mindful of the types of food and beverages you consume, and avoid foods or substances that can negatively impact your oral health (chewing tobacco, staining foods, sugary drinks) It is equally important to schedule regular dental exams every six months, or more frequently, depending upon your unique oral health needs. If you follow these general guidelines, you will enjoy a healthy smile for many years to come!
Cost and Insurance Coverage for Dental Exams and Checkups
The cost of your dental exam and checkup will be determined by what type of cleaning is needed, whether any diagnostic testing is required, and what insurance coverage from your dental plan can be applied. It is important to be aware that you are fully responsible for all fees of treatment, and payment is due at the time of service, regardless of your insurance coverage. Monthly payment plans can be arranged, but this will need to be accomplished prior to the procedure being performed. Although we may not have a contractual arrangement with your provider, our staff is happy to assist with processing your insurance claim to ensure that you maximize your benefits and receive the high-quality care you need and deserve. For your convenience, we accept Mastercard, Visa and Discover.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Scheduling an appointment for your dental exam and checkup is the first and most important step towards improving and maintaining your oral health. At Kingwood Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are dedicated to creating an environment where open dialogue is encouraged, so we can ensure you have a thorough understanding of the procedure being performed, and confidence that you are receiving high-quality specialized care designed to meet your unique needs.
To learn more about the dental exam and checkup process, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 281-359-9100, or visit our office, which is located at 2325 Timber Shadows Drive, Building A, Kingwood TX 77339.
We look forward to hearing from you, and are committed to providing you with exceptional quality dental care that is grounded in a deep sense of respect!