Why Dental Exams Are Important
A dental exam also referred to as a dental checkup, is a foundational part of a person’s overall dental health strategy. These one-on-one meetings with a dentist or dental professional not only entail a thorough, professional cleaning but also give patients the opportunity to ask questions and bring up any concerns. For dentists, dental exams allow them to identify and preemptively treat potential dental and oral health problems before they become a major health complication.
What Does a Dental Exam Include?
During a dental examination the dentist or dental professionals, often a hygienist who is working under the supervision of a dentist, will perform a number of evaluations including an assessment of a patient’s overall oral health and dental hygiene. The professional performing the check will also assess teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease. If signs of damage or decay are present, they will determine if further tooth restoration or replacement therapies will be necessary and will help schedule these for another time. Trained dental staff will also perform a variety of diagnostic exams, including x-rays, which may be included in a dental examination. Finally, one of the most important components of any dental exam is patient education. Before, during, and after a dental exam, the professional performing the assessment will provide oral health counseling, teach patients how to take care of their teeth or dental prosthetics, and answer any patient questions. Patients with diabetes, for example, will be made aware of the effects their medications may have on oral health. Medications that cause dry mouth, for example, greatly increase the risk of tooth decay.
A typical dental examination at Willow Pass Dental Care can be broken into three core components: evaluation and assessment, routine cleaning, and education.
Evaluation & Assessment
Typically included with a thorough dental examination, a routine professional cleaning performed by our hygienist removes stains and debris from a patient’s teeth. This also gives our hygienist an opportunity to thoroughly investigate to ensure that any potential oral health issues are caught.
Once a thorough dental assessment has been made and all necessary diagnostic tests have been run, Dr. Reza Khazaie will sit down with patients to discuss the patient’s oral health. Problem areas and dental concerns will be addressed along with recommendations for follow-up treatments should they be necessary. More importantly, Dr. Khazaie and his capable team of dentists and hygienists will also teach patients the best techniques and practices for maintaining their long-term oral and dental health.
What Is Included In A Dental Exam?
Dental examinations include cleaning and x-rays, as well as professional checks for a variety of potential problems and diseases of the mouth including but not limited to:
- Signs of oral cancer
- Signs of bruxism
- Signs of gingivitis
- Signs of tooth decay
- Ancillary conditions, such as dry mouth, that may be indicative of other underlying health concerns
- Loose fillings
- Ill-fitted dental prosthetics
- Misaligned jaws
- Signs of inadequate mineral intake
How Much Does A Dental Exam Cost?
The out-of-pocket costs for each individual patient will vary based on insurance and treatment required. Those with comprehensive dental insurance may see either no bill at all or a negligible copay. While out-of-pocket costs can vary, our dental exam prices are typically between $50 to $300 with most prices falling towards the lower end of between $60 to $80. With dental insurance, the out-of-pocket cost for a dental checkup can be between $0 to $50.
Get Regular Dental Checkups
One of the best ways to maintain healthy, happy teeth is to go see Willow Pass Dental Care regularly for a routine checkup. Dr. Reza Khazaie will be able to best identify any worrying signs of dental malaise before it gets out of hand, address any pressing dental concerns, and provide you with the care and advice you need to build healthy habits.
Considering a dental exam? Look no further than Dr. Reza Khazaie of Willow Pass Dental Care in Concord, CA. We provide a broad range of holistic family dental care, including dental crown procedures, dental implants, and a friendly and professional environment you can call home.
Schedule a consultation today by calling 925-326-6114 or complete our online form below to schedule an appointment.