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Dental Exams

Ideally, children should be seen for their first dental exam before 12 months of age.  Our office participates in the MDA’s initiative for children that the first exam under 3 years of age is free.  Additionally, we educate parents to provide proper oral health care for their children.

What is involved?

Whether you are seeing your Dentist for a regular dental exam or emergency exam regarding one specific area of your mouth, you will most likely have dental radiographs (x-rays) taken.  Radiographs are important tools that aid in diagnosing the condition of your teeth, roots, jaw placement, and the overall composition of your facial bones. Radiographs can help your Dentist determine the presence or degree of periodontal disease, abscesses and many abnormal growths, such as cysts and tumors.  A radiograph aids in locating impacted and un-erupted teeth.  They can pinpoint the location of cavities and other signs of disease that may not be possible to detect through a visual examination.

Our office routinely uses digital radiographs which can reduce exposure up to 80%

Dentists also evaluate the soft tissue within the oral cavity as well as externally for any abnormal growths.  Even if patients have no teeth, it is adviseable for an annual checkup for this purpose. Our office also uses the diagnostic tool Velscope to aid in soft tissue abnormality detection.