Dental Exams The Woodlands, TX

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Dental Exam Overview

Patients who stay up-to-date on their yearly dental examinations enjoy brighter, healthier smiles and the ability to speak and eat more comfortably. This is because taking a proactive approach to your oral health means we can catch issues before they become more extensive or costly in the future. At Made Ya Smile Dental, our experienced team provides comprehensive exams to thoroughly check your teeth, gums, and jaw for signs of tooth decay, gum (periodontal) disease, oral cancer, or any other concerns that affect your health. We also evaluate how your teeth fit together, as well as your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Your exam also includes low-radiation digital x-rays, a minimally invasive tool that allows us to examine your mouth in more detail. During your dental exam at our clinic in The Woodlands, TX, Made Ya Smile Dental will make sure to address all of your questions and concerns so be sure to schedule your next annual exam at our friendly office.

Oral Cancer Screening

As oral cancer affects thousands of individuals each year, Made Ya Smile Dental makes it a point to identify the symptoms and screen patients for this condition every year during their dental examination. Our experienced practitioners are highly trained to look for any signs that may appear abnormal and may indicate cancer. We make sure to check the lips, cheeks, hard and soft palates, tongue, the floor of the mouth, and throat, as well as the tissues of the neck and face. If our dentists discover unusual lesions, red or white patches, nodules, or sores, we may want to get a biopsy of the area with the help of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to see if further treatment is required. 

Best Candidates for Mouth Guards

No matter their age, all patients should have a thorough dental examination at least once a year. Most of the time, these evaluations can be performed at the same time as one of your twice-yearly cleanings. Our practitioners screen for issues, like gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, and loose or damaged restorations that affect the health of your smile. When issues are caught early, they're easier to treat before they become more serious later on. 

As for young children, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that kids have their first exam before they turn one year old. The specialists at Made Ya Smile Dental can give parents and guardians information about thumb-sucking and baby bottle tooth decay, as well as proper brushing techniques as their teeth and jaw develop. 

What To Expect with Dental Exam

A dental examination at Made Ya Smile Dental is comprehensive, beginning with an overview of your medical history and medications while discussing any dental issues you may have. Practitioners will check your bite, jaw joints (TMJ), and see how your upper and lower teeth fit together. We examine each tooth and restoration for any damage or decay that might have occurred since your last visit. Screening for gum disease and oral cancer is performed to determine the state of your overall oral health. 

Digital x-rays are used to review your jawbone, which provides support for your teeth. These images are used together with the results of your screening to ensure you don't have bone loss, which is typically caused by gum disease. X-rays are a low-radiation, state-of-the-art technology used to get a better understanding of what you need. Once your annual examination has been completed, we will present our findings and discuss any treatments needed to keep your dental health in shape.

Dental Exam Follow-Up

Most patients schedule their annual dental examination at the same time as one of their twice-yearly cleaning visits. If you have a serious issue, such as gum disease, we may recommend more frequent visits to our clinic in The Woodlands, TX. After your appointment is over, the practitioners and hygienists at Made Ya Smile Dental are always happy to teach you the latest brushing and flossing techniques to keep up your oral health at home. Based on the state of your teeth and gums, we will personalize our instructions and suggest products you can use to help areas that need more help and attention.

Dental Exam Insurance Coverage

A yearly dental examination is a preventive service, and as such, it is typically covered by a trusted dental health insurance provider. Made Ya Smile Dental accepts most PPO plans and will contact your provider to understand your benefits and out-of-pocket expenses. If you do not use health insurance, our staff is happy to discuss any of our flexible payment options, including third-party financing through CareCredit®. 

Annual Dental Exams

While you may not notice the symptoms of a dental issue right away, having a yearly dental examination can help you identify any concerns as early as possible to save you the cost and pain of future treatments. Made Ya Smile Dental serves your teeth and gums so you can have a bright, healthy smile you are proud to wear. Get your teeth, gums, and jaw examined at our practice in The Woodlands, TX and get the preventive, comprehensive care you need today. 

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