Dental Exam in Katy, TX

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About Dental Exams

An excellent way to enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile is to stay proactive about preventing dental decay and disease. Annual dental exams are a preventive measure you can take to help ensure your teeth, gums, and jaw stay healthy and support your ability to speak and eat in comfort. Our dentist performs comprehensive dental examinations each year to evaluate for dental concerns like cavities, gum disease, and bite issues and diagnose potential problems as early as possible. We also use the latest in digital imaging technology, including 3D cone beam scans and low-radiation x-rays, to gain a better understanding of your overall oral health. With proactive and preventive care, you and your family can often avoid the need for more extensive and costlier treatment down the road.

Our dental exams are very thorough and also include oral cancer screenings and TMJ (jaw joint) evaluations. Our dentist will examine each individual tooth along with fillings, crowns, bridges, implants, or other dental restorations that are present in your mouth. Any areas of concern or problems that may require treatment will be reviewed with you along with treatment options that can restore the function, health, and beauty of your unique smile. We will also listen closely to your concerns about your smile and help you plan the best path for optimizing your dental health. Take a proactive approach in maintaining a healthy grin and schedule your dental exam at Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX today.

Oral Cancer Screening

Part of a thorough annual dental exam is screening for signs of oral cancer. Our dentist and team will routinely evaluate the soft tissues in and around your mouth for any areas that look suspicious or abnormal that may indicate precancerous or cancerous lesions. At Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX, we take the risk of oral cancer very seriously, as this condition impacts the lives of over 50,000 Americans each year. Our team uses advanced technology to assist in oral cancer exams for our patients. Though we are committed to checking your oral tissues at each exam for signs and symptoms of oral cancer, we strongly encourage you to conduct self-cancer screenings on a routine basis at home. Oral cancer can develop in any area within the mouth, including the tongue, cheeks, gums, soft and hard palates, lips, throat, and the floor of the mouth. If our dentist notices any abnormalities that are concerning, we may recommend a biopsy or partner with an oral surgery specialist to determine the best course of care. Signs and symptoms that may point to oral cancer include:

  • Raised or rough tissue
  • White or red patches
  • Sores that do not heal
  • Lesions that bleed easily
  • Discoloration of tissue
  • Lumps or nodules
  • Trouble speaking or swallowing

Who Should Have a Dental Exam?

To help keep your family's smiles as healthy and happy as possible, our dentist performs dental exams for every patient at least once a year, usually during one of your dental cleaning visits. Our team will take low-radiation x-rays or 3D scans of your mouth and jaw to allow us to see and evaluate your tooth roots, jawbone, and others structures that we cannot visualize when looking into your mouth. X-rays can tell us a lot about your oral health, including whether you have decay between teeth or under restorations, cysts or abscesses in the bone, impacted teeth, bone loss, or additional underlying problems.

Keeping up with routine exams each year or as recommended by our dentist can serve the future of your smile. Routine exams are important for kids and adults, even if you are not experiencing any current problems or symptoms. Some dental issues may not cause you any pain or discomfort in the early stages, such as gum disease or small cavities in the teeth. Dental exams can help you get ahead of any potential concerns that might threaten the health of your family's smiles. Following the American Dental Association's recommendation, our dentist suggests that children take their first trip to the dentist prior to their first birthday. Our kid-friendly team can also better equip you to look after your little one's smile at home by providing tips on caring for their teeth and gums as they grow along with the risks of baby bottle tooth decay and thumb-sucking habits.

How Is A Dental Exam Performed?

At the start of your dental exam, our dentist will review your medical history, dental history, and any medications or supplements you are taking. Our team will also talk with you about your current dental concerns, how you feel about your smile, and gain an understanding of your overall dental health. Digital dental images (either x-rays or 3D cone beam scans) will be taken typically each year. We will use the x-rays along with our clinical examination to evaluate your total oral health. Throughout your exam, our dentist will carefully assess your mouth for signs of tooth decay, bite issues (how lower and upper teeth meet), loose or damaged restorations (like fillings, crowns, and bridges), and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) health. A screening for gum disease will also be performed by our dentist or our dental hygienists at least once each year. We use a small periodontal ruler and x-rays to evaluate for and diagnose cases of gum disease that may be affecting oral health.

Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX is proud to bring the highest standard of care to our patients and invests in the latest advanced imaging technology. Our digital x-ray software provides a detailed view of what may be going on under your gums and within the supporting structure of your jaw. A clinical examination does not tell the whole story when it comes to evaluating oral health. X-rays are an important part of a complete evaluation. Taking them on a regular basis can help us identify problems early on and minimize the risk of damage to your smile. We understand that you want to keep your family as healthy as possible. We use low-radiation x-rays in our dental exams to improve our diagnostic abilities and your overall safety and comfort. To help you gain a better understanding of your oral needs, our team also uses an intraoral camera to take pictures of damaged teeth or other concerns in your mouth. Once our dentist has completed your exam, we will present any treatment concerns and recommend the best options to improve the health of your smile.

How Often Should I Get A Dental Exam?

Providing outstanding and personalized care for each patient is a passion of ours here at Made Ya Smile. Comprehensive dental examinations are typically provided each year during one of your bi-annual dental cleaning visits. In some cases, our dentist may recommend more frequent exams to better serve your smile or dental cleanings at more frequent intervals if conditions like periodontal disease are affecting your oral health. At each visit, our team members will be happy to provide suggestions on how to keep your smile in top shape between dental visits. We can show you the best techniques to use for flossing and brushing your teeth and customize your home care instructions for you and your loved ones to meet your unique treatment needs.

Will My Insurance Cover A Dental Exam?

Dental examinations are usually covered, at least once each year, by dental insurance plans. Our team will reach out to your provider to learn more about your specific benefits prior to your visit to our office. Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX is proud to work with most major PPO dental insurance plans. Our team will gladly file your dental claim as a courtesy to you. For those who do not have insurance, we offer a convenient in-house dental savings plan and accept a range of convenient payment options to help your family get the care you need without having to worry about finances.

Schedule Your Annual Dental Exam

Routine annual dental exams are the foundation of a healthy, comfortable, and bright smile. Exams give our dentist the chance to diagnose dental problems as early as possible and provide the best possible care for your family's long-term oral health. Keeping up with your dental visits are important, even when you are not experiencing any discomfort or other symptoms. There may be potential concerns that can be identified and treated more conservatively now and help you avoid more expensive and involved treatments later on. Schedule dental exams for you and your family at Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX today and point the future of your smiles in the right direction.

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