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.
Dental Exam Reviews
"They did amazing. I'm happy to say that I believe I found my new family dentist. I brought my daughter here for her first dental exam. The staff was very kind the doctor was very polite and professional. After that I scheduled an appointment for my husband and I."- A.L. / Yelp / Aug 08, 2015
"Brought my daughter here for her first dental exam. Very Nice & Clean location, the staff was very welcoming & they were very patient with my daughter. Weren't forceful about anything. Definitely coming back with the rest of my family. You guys are amazing! Thanks!"- J.N. / Yelp / Sep 15, 2017
"Great with my son, very fast, and helpful with finding the right paperwork for his dental exam to start school"- A.L. / Facebook / Sep 09, 2016
"I cannot say enough good things about this team. Everyone is wonderfully attentive and personal. I've had the pleasure to be assisted by Jose, Dr. Rachelle, and Liz. Myself and my two little ones (1.5 year old and 3.5 year old) have all been treated by Jose and Dr. Rachel. Over the span of 6 months I've visited several times. I had a root canal done and my little ones had their check-ups. Every time I was seen at my appointment time and was greeted with a friendly and welcoming smile from Jose and Liz. I am really happy with the work done for me that I referred my mom as well. My daughter was seen today and was having a hard time. However Jose and Dr. Rachel were incredibly patient and understanding!"- N.B. / Yelp / Aug 05, 2019
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.
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.
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.