Dental Exam Overview
Great dental care plays a significant role in your overall health as well as your oral health. By staying up-to-date on your yearly dental examinations, you proactively keep your smile looking and functioning as it should, including the ability to speak and eat comfortably. At Made Ya Smile Dental, Dr. Jireh Yue performs annual dental examinations to diagnose and treat dental problems early on to prevent the need for more costly treatments and procedures. Comprehensive examinations are extremely thorough and screen for gum (periodontal) disease, oral cancer, tooth decay, TMJ problems, and any other concern that may impact your smile. We also provide a special assessment for the jaw joints, bite, and jawbone health.
A dental exam allows our experts to give you undivided attention to understand your unique needs and concerns. Dr. Yue uses minimally invasive methods to approach your care, including the use of digital x-rays and intraoral images to check areas of the teeth and gums that are not always visible on the surface during a clinical exam. Made Ya Smile Dental gives you access to high-quality care, which is why we offer you and members of your family to schedule your consultation in Houston, TX.
Oral Cancer Screening
Unfortunately, thousands of people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Made Ya Smile Dental has a team of caring professionals who are trained to identify any symptoms of oral cancer and screen for this condition. At your annual dental visits, we look for areas in the mouth that might indicate signs of precancerous or cancerous tissue, along with anything that seems suspicious or abnormal. Dr. Yue checks the face, neck, tongue, throat, cheeks, lips, the hard and soft palates, the roof of the mouth, and palpate salivary gland. If there is are unusual raised areas or lesions, discolored patches, lumps, or sores, we may partner with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to biopsy the area and determine if more treatment is required.
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No matter your age, all patients should have a yearly dental examination, which can be provided at the same time as one of your twice-yearly dental cleanings. Made Ya Smile Dental follows the American Dental Association’s (ADA) recommendation that children have their first visit to the dentist by their first birthday. During this appointment, we offer helpful information on pacifiers, thumbsucking habits, and issues such as baby bottle tooth decay. Our team of experts can also show you the best ways to keep their mouth, teeth, and gums healthy while their jaw develops. We enjoy helping children and parents to give them the best start possible for a healthy smile.
Dr. Yue will also screen for problems such as tooth decay, bite issues, gum disease, and any loose or broken restorations like bridges or crowns. Some concerns, such as gum disease, may not present any symptoms like discomfort or pain, but may still affect your smile. Regular exams allow our staff to diagnose and treat these issues as early as possible, often reducing the need for more extensive care in the future. We hope to provide you with the tools you need for optimal oral health and a comfortable smile.
What To Expect with Dental Exam
Comprehensive exams begin with a complete review of your medical and dental history, any concerns or changes in your health, and any medications or supplements you may be taking. Dr. Yue will assess the function of your jaw joints (TMJ), how your upper and lower teeth fit together, and perform an oral cancer evaluation. We will then examine each tooth for decay and damage as well as loose implants, crowns, fillings, bridges, or other restorations as needed. Made Ya Smile Dental also performs a screening for gum disease to make sure you are not showing signs of periodontal infection.
To begin, we take low-radiation digital x-rays and review these images with you to determine the health of your teeth and jaw bone. Along with your gum disease screening results, these images can help Dr. Yue determine if you have periodontal disease, cysts, or abscesses within the bone. They are also useful to view areas of decay we may not be able to see on the surface, such as in between teeth or under fillings. Made Ya Smile Dental takes x-rays when necessary to minimize your exposure and improve your safety. We may also use an intraoral camera to examine the hard-to-see areas in your mouth for a better understanding of your treatment requirements. After we have completed your annual dental exam, we will show you our findings and review treatment options to make sure your oral health and smile are in top shape.
Dental Exam Follow-Up
At Made Ya Smile Dental, patients can receive their annual dental exam at the same time as one of their biannual cleaning visits. Based on your individual needs, however, Dr. Yue may suggest visiting our clinic more frequently, especially if you have issues such as gum disease. Maintaining your teeth and gums by brushing and flossing daily is essential to the appearance and health of your smile. During your regular appointments with our team in Houston, TX, we will personalize oral hygiene instructions so you can care for your teeth at home, especially any areas of concern that need more attention. Our expert staff wants you to achieve long-lasting oral health and the benefits of a beautiful smile with comprehensive care.
Dental Exam Insurance Coverage
Annual dental exams are considered preventive care, which means they are usually covered by most dental insurance providers. Made Ya Smile Dental will call your provider and review your complete list of benefits. If you do not have insurance or have out-of-pocket expenses, we can review our flexible options for payment. Our team wants every member of your family to get the dental care needed for a better smile. We accept most PPO plans as well as third-party financing through CareCredit® to make getting the treatment you need convenient and affordable.
Annual Dental Exams
Dr. Yue and his team keep your teeth and gums healthy so you can enjoy a comfortable smile both now and well into the future. Even if you are not showing any symptoms of a dental problem, it's essential that your gums, teeth, and oral tissues are assessed every year to identify concerns early. This helps you save time, money, and more extensive procedures. Get the preventive care you need for long-lasting oral health in a welcoming environment. Contact the professionals at Made Ya Smile Dental in Houston, TX to schedule comprehensive dental exams for your family.