About Comprehensive Dental Exams
Identifying oral conditions as early as possible is important for maintaining long-term oral health. To help detect tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, and other oral concerns, our general dentists recommend that patients of all ages receive routine dental exams. Comprehensive dental exams are often performed during biannual cleaning visits and consist of a very thorough evaluation of the gums, teeth, and jaw. These preventive services also include an oral pathology exam to screen for tissue abnormalities in and around the mouth. At certain visits, digital images may be taken to detect hidden problems that could be developing in between teeth, under the gums, and within the jawbone. If you live near Chester Springs, PA, please book your family's dental exam visits with the friendly team at Byers Station Dental.
Oral Pathology Screenings
Oral cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in or around the mouth and may develop within the gums, jawbone, lips, throat, tongue, palate, cheeks, the floor of the mouth, or salivary glands. During every exam at Byers Station Dental, our dentists or registered dental hygienists will perform an oral pathology screening to look for any abnormalities, which may include sores, lumps, nodules, lesions, or other tissue irregularities. Our team will also palpate the jaw, under the chin, and neck area during your oral cancer screening. Should any areas of concern be discovered, you may be referred to a specialist for a biopsy of the area or further care.
Who Should Receive Dental Exams?
Children, teens, and adults of every age should receive dental exams on a routine basis. Some of the most common oral problems, such as periodontal disease and cavities, may not show signs or symptoms you can readily see. When oral problems are caught early, they can often be treated more conservatively and with less invasive treatment options. While dental exams are generally performed twice each year, during regular dental cleaning visits, they may also be necessary to evaluate specific areas of concern or emergency dentistry needs.
What To Expect During Your Visit
When you arrive for your dental exam, we will review your medical and dental histories and talk with you about any concerns you may have. A member of our team may also take x-rays and perform a gum disease screening. After completing your oral pathology exam, our dentists will examine your teeth, checking for signs of cavities and may use the DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection. Our team will then assess the fit and wear of any dental restorations you have and evaluate your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) along with your biting function. At the end of the exam, we will review any findings with you and discuss treatment options that best meet your needs.
After Your Dental Exam
If you require a follow-up visit or need restorative care, our team will help you schedule your procedure at a time most convenient for you. Dental exams are generally performed on a twice-yearly basis during routine dental cleaning (prophylaxis) services at our Chester Springs, PA practice. To keep your smile healthy between visits, our dentists recommend that you follow a good oral hygiene routine each day. Our team will be happy to demonstrate ideal brushing and flossing techniques during your dental exam and cleaning appointment.
Insurance Coverage for Preventive Care
Comprehensive dental exams are preventive dentistry services that are frequently covered by most dental insurance policies. Byers Station Dental is proud to serve the needs of families in our community and is an in-network provider for several insurance plans. We will be happy to submit your claims on your behalf and can help you choose from our convenient payment options if you have any out-of-pocket expenses for your family's care.
Keep Your Smile Healthy With Dental Exams
Get in touch with our Chester Springs, PA practice to schedule your family's dental exams with our dentists and team! Routine dental exams allow us to identify oral diseases as early as possible and can help preserve and protect your family's smiles. At Byers Station Dental, we do our best to make dental visits a positive experience for patients of all ages so staying healthy is easier and more enjoyable.
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