Dental Exam in 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. The dentist's primary focus is oral health, but they will also check your face, neck, and mouth to identify any abnormalities. Dental examinations at Dental Express assess your general and oral health by looking for tooth decay, disease, and signs of oral cancer. Providing X-rays and sometimes other diagnostics, our dentists will determine your need for procedures and look for problems with your bite and jaw. Digital images can provide better insight into the health of your teeth, jaw, and gums.

Our dentists may ask questions regarding your diet, at-home dental routine, and other lifestyle factors that affect your overall oral health. At Dental Express our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible to help prevent and treat dental issues. We may show you proper flossing or brushing techniques, or even teach you the insider dental secrets to saving money and protecting your teeth at home. It's our mission to see you smile and feel confident in your oral health. If you live in or near San Diego, CA, make an appointment for a dental examination at one of our six Dental Express locations.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer sounds scary. When identified early and treated properly, oral cancer can be managed and eliminated. It's our job to educate our patients and make them feel comfortable and confident in their dental routines and procedures, leaving our office knowing they are being taken care of and in good hands. What is oral cancer?

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. Be proactive and have a dental exam to rinse away your fears. 

Best Candidates for Dental Exam

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, such as 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. 

As your child grows, we understand the importance and impression of the dental visit. Our state-of-the-art offices are designed to feel comfortable and safe for your children. Many kids love playing with the toys and watching the trains as they wait to meet our dentist. At Dental Express, we are committed to creating a positive experience where your child can't wait to come back.

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. Full transparency before, during, and after your exam is our focus. We may give you a lot of information and recommendations. Don't hesitate to call our office, ask questions, and make sure you fully understand the best steps to maintaining a healthy, happy mouth. In addition to your dental exam and follow-up appointment, you will still want to brush and floss every day, receive biannual professional cleanings, and schedule yearly dental exams. Optimal Dental health starts at home.

Insurance Coverage

Since a dental exam is vital to your health, it's usually covered by dental insurance. Before and after meeting with your dentist, a treatment planner will review your dental insurance breakdown, making sure you understand your policy, maximize your benefits, and have full transparency. Our team is dedicated to helping you receive the best dental care at the most affordable price. During your meeting with the dental planner, we encourage you to ask questions and get to know your policy. Once we have identified your needs, 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 and committed to work with you and to help you find an affordable option.

Annual Dental Exams

Make your annual dental exam a habit. 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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