What to Expect During Routine Dental Exams
Routine dental visits are crucial to maintaining your oral health, and play a critical role in early detection and prevention of more serious health concerns. When left untreated, minor oral issues can manifest into larger problems, and can lead to costly and more extensive treatments and procedures.
To help their patients maintain healthy teeth and gums, Dr. Clifford Degel and Dr. Carmen Every-Degel of Astoria Dental Group offer comprehensive dental exams at their practice in Queens. To learn more about the importance of routine oral health care, schedule your appointment today.
Why are Dental Exams Important?
Patients sometimes avoid dental visits for several reasons, including fear, time, or a lack of information. Whether your smile is healthy or compromised, it is essential to undergo exams every six months.
Dental exams offer much more than a simple teeth cleaning, and can provide you with important long-term benefits.
Regular dental exams are the cornerstone of preventive dental care. Through consistent visits, you can improve and maintain the health of your teeth and gums. Regular visits also allow us to detect more serious issues early on, when they are easiest to treat. To ensure optimal oral health, we recommend making routine checkups one of your personal health goals.
The American Dental Association recommends scheduling a dental visit once every six months. Waiting longer between appointments can put you at greater risk of many types of gum diseases, tooth decay, and heart disease. Depending on your oral health, it may be advised that you visit more often than every six months.
What to Expect at Your Exam
Through a series of x-rays and intraoral images, we will provide you with an extensive exam, and a thorough overview of your mouth, teeth, gums, neck, and head. In addition to checking for advanced tooth decay, risks of periodontal disease, and oral cancer, the visit will give us an opportunity to examine your general oral health. We will discuss your oral hygiene habits and goals, and will also provide various tips and techniques for maintaining a healthy smile. Your dental exam may include:
- Full set of tomography x-rays
- Thorough examination of your bite and jaw
- Evaluation of your risk of root and tooth decay, as well as gum and bone disease
- Removal of plaque and tartar on your teeth
- Instructions on proper cleaning and maintenance techniques
Following your examination, we will make recommendations based on our findings. If you are in need of more comprehensive treatments, we will discuss the options that may be best for you. If you are in need of a restorative procedure, such as dental implants or crowns, or if you wish to enhance the aesthetics of your smile through a cosmetic procedure, such as teeth whitening or porcelain veneers, we can discuss your options and schedule these appointments at this time.
Schedule Your Visit
Dental exams offer much more than just a simple teeth cleaning, and can provide you with important long-term benefits. If you are in search of a professional and caring dental home, or need to schedule a dental exam, contact us today.