Comprehensive Dental Examination (Oral Cancer Exam) – San Diego, CA*

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Overview

 To keep yourself healthy, you should be proactive with dental issues by getting them diagnosed before they become bigger issues. During a dental exam, one of our dentists can identify any potential problems. While the mouth is checked in your cleaning, an exam provides a much more in-depth analysis. Dental examinations at Dental Express assess your general and oral health by looking for tooth decay, disease, and signs of oral cancer. Our dentists will determine your need for procedures and look for problems with your bite and jaw. Digital images can be taken to get a better insight into the health of your teeth, jaw, and gums. If you live in or near San Diego, CA, make an appointment for a dental examination at one of our Dental Express locations.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is caused by an abnormal growth of cells in the mouth, including on the jawbone, lips, gums, tongue, salivary glands, and throat. At Dental Express, every exam includes a screening for oral cancer to check for early symptoms, such as inflammation, sores, lesions, and lumps. Our dentists will also palpate the neck and jaw for abnormal growths. If any areas of concern are found, a biopsy can be done or you may be referred to a specialist for further care.

Best Candidates

San Diego, CA residents of every age should get an annual examination. Many common problems, like gum disease (the top cause of tooth loss), do not have noticeable symptoms. If caught early, patients will have more treatment options and a better chance at a full recovery.

In addition, the American Dental Association (ADA) suggests taking children to the dentist before their first birthday. Our team can help with concerns, like teething, using pacifiers, and learning how to prevent baby bottle tooth decay. At Dental Express, we can help you learn how to care for and clean your baby's teeth. That way, they develop healthy habits early and use them throughout their life. 

What To Expect

Your examination will start with an overall assessment of your teeth, tongue, gums, throat, the roof of your mouth, and inside your cheeks. The exam will also include checking for symptoms of oral cancer. Our team may take x-rays and screen for abnormal tissue in the gums. Also, we evaluate your neck, head, and jaw, including the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and bite. If our team finds anything during your exam, we will discuss any issues and treatment options. Finally, we will check any restorations you have, such as crowns and dentures, to check the fit and wear.

Follow-Up

If we found anything during the exam, our dentists will schedule a follow-up appointment and review your treatment options. In addition to your follow-up appointment, you will still want to brush and floss every day, receive biannual professional cleanings, and schedule yearly dental exams.

Insurance Coverage

Since a dental exam is vital to your health, it's usually covered by dental insurance. We will talk to your insurance to calculate your coverage and any out-of-pocket expenses. If you don't have dental insurance, Dental Express accepts many payments, including medical financing. Our team is happy to work with you and to help you find an affordable option.

Annual Dental Exams

Keeping your mouth healthy means you can't just go to the dentist only when something goes wrong. Preventive care is vital. Every year, we recommend scheduling a dental exam at one of our many convenient San Diego locations. This can help you to minimize problems by catching them early. We work hard to make dental visits a positive experience for you and your family so you'll enjoy coming back. To schedule your exam, contact our team in San Diego, CA.

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