Dental Exam South Yarmouth, MA

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What is a dental exam?

When it comes to your health, you need to be proactive with dental problems by getting them diagnosed and treated before they become larger issues. This is why it is important to schedule an annual dental exam for you and your family. While teeth are superficially examined during a cleaning, an exam provides a much more in-depth analysis. Dental exams at Bass River Dental evaluate your general and oral health by checking for tooth decay, signs of oral cancer, and other diseases. Dentist Dr. Peter Russo will determine your need for treatments and check your bite and jaw for problems. A series of x-rays will also be taken to get better insight into the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. If you live in or near South Yarmouth, MA, schedule an annual dental examination for yourself and your family at Bass River Dental.

Oral Cancer Screening during dental exam

Oral cancer includes any abnormal growth of cells in the mouth, including the gums, jawbone, lips, tongue, throat, and salivary glands. Every dental exam at Bass River Dental includes an oral cancer screening to look for early signs including sores, inflammation, lumps, and lesions. The throat and jaw will also be examined for any abnormalities. If any areas of concern are found, a biopsy may be performed or you will be referred to a specialist for further care.

Who should get a dental exam?

South Yarmouth, MA patients of all ages should get an annual dental exam. Many common problems, like gum disease (the biggest cause of tooth loss), don’t have symptoms you can notice. When problems are caught early, the better your chances will be for a successful treatment with less invasive options.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that all children go to the dentist before their first birthday. Our dental team can help with issues like teething, baby bottle tooth decay, and the use of pacifiers. The team at Bass River Dental can help you understand how to care and clean your baby's mouth so they start healthy habits early — this will also help them throughout their life. Dental exams are also important for children as they get older as their mouth develops.

What happens during a dental exam?

Your appointment will start with an overall assessment of your teeth, gums, tongue, roof of your mouth, inside your cheeks, throat, and other oral checkpoints. This includes looking for signs of oral cancer throughout your mouth. X-rays will be taken, and we will screen for abnormal tissue in the gums. We will also evaluate your head, neck, and jaw, including your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and bite. We will then talk about anything found and how to best treat it. Any health problems you have, medications you may be taking, and how they might impact your oral health by causing dry mouth and tooth decay will be evaluated and discussed. Finally, we will examine any prosthetics you have, like dentures or bridges, to check the fit and wear.

What happens after a dental exam?

The follow-up period will depend on your oral health. If no issues are identified, then the only follow-up would be to continue a regimen of dental health including brushing and flossing twice a day, along with annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings at Bass River Dental. If an issue is found that needs to be addressed, options will be discussed and scheduled.

Will Insurance Cover a dental exam?

Since a dental exam is so important to your oral health, it is typically covered by dental insurance. Our office will work with your dental insurance company to determine your coverage and any out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have dental insurance, Bass River Dental accepts many payment options, including medical financing. We are happy to work with you to make sure you can afford good oral health.

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Having a healthy mouth means you do not just go to the dentist only when something goes wrong. Preventive care is vital. It can save your teeth, as well as a significant amount of money. We recommend visiting Bass River Dental every year for a dental examination. Doing so will enable you to stay on top of issues by catching and treating them early. We do our best to make dental exams a positive experience for you and your family so staying healthy is easier. Contact our office in South Yarmouth, MA to schedule your appointment.

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