Dental Exam in Saratoga Springs, NY

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About Dental Exams

A thorough dental exam is the key to early detection and prevention. As a patient in our practice, you can expect your dental exam to be a team approach, completed by both the dentist and dental hygienist. Your exam will include the following:

  1. Soft Tissue and Oral Cancer Exam: Soft tissues in the mouth, including the tongue, cheeks, hard and soft palate, the floor of the mouth, and throat will be evaluated for any signs of pathology, such as oral cancer. Additionally, the lips, face, and neck will be inspected...
  2. Periodontal Evaluation (Gum Disease): Your gums will be evaluated for signs of inflammation and infection. Areas of the gums that bleed upon brushing and flossing will be specifically examined. We understand that these “bleeding spots” contain chronic inflammatory factors that may be linked to your systemic health. Your periodontal exam will also include an evaluation of the bone support around the teeth. Your level of oral hygiene, systemic health and genetic risk factors, tobacco use, gum health, and bone levels are all taken into consideration when determining the type of dental cleaning best for you.
  3. Review of Diagnostic Radiographs (X-Rays): All of our x-rays are digital, providing you with a more comfortable experience, a higher quality image for better detection, and significantly less radiation exposure. Different x-rays are required to detect decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss; your dentist will determine which images will be needed to complete a thorough examination.
  4. Decay Detection: Complete cavity inspection will be completed on all tooth surfaces. Often, suspicious areas are verified with the use of special cavity detection dye to ensure accuracy.
  5. Examination of Existing Restorations: Our team will check all your current fillings, crowns, and root canals.
  6. Cosmetic Exam (Smile Assessment): “Are you happy with your smile?” If you have ever considered improving your smile or whitening your teeth, let our dentists complete a smile assessment that includes a complete examination of your occlusion (bite), tooth shape and form, facial form, shade analysis, and gingival symmetry assessment. New technologies offer patients a wide range of options to improve their smiles – any of our dentists would be pleased to discuss these options with you.

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