Dental Exams

Dental Exams Ann Arbor Michigan DentistsIn order to maintain a healthy smile, it is important that our Ann Arbor dentists perform comprehensive examinations of your teeth, gums, and jaws. With advanced dental technology, such as digital X-rays, we can effectively monitor the condition of your teeth and identify early signs of decay.

Exams also allow our staff to assess the state of your gums and their position along your teeth.

What Is a Dental Exam?

Dental examinations are nothing to fear. They’re quick, painless, and are in your best interest as they provide an opportunity to check in on your oral health. The main areas of focus during your exam will include your:

  • Neck
  • Face
  • Lower jaw
  • Lymph Nodes
  • Gums
  • Tongue
  • Teeth (and existing restorations, i.e., fillings)
  • Bite (how your teeth come together)

Our staff will also take digital X-ray images of your mouth so we can monitor any arising dental problems that may not be visible to the naked eye. Dental X-rays are safe for patients of all ages and give our dentists the insight needed to provide the best treatment for you.

What Will Happen & Why Dental Exams Are Important

Whenever you come in for a teeth cleaning, we’ll start by performing a dental exam. This way, our hygienists can alert our dentists before the cleaning to point out areas of concern if necessary.

Our hygienist will gently feel along your neck and face for any discrepancy in your lymph nodes. If we do find something unusual, we can then instruct you to check with your primary care doctor. Next, we’ll examine your gums and inside of your mouth for any signs of gum disease or oral cancer.

Moving on, our hygienist will check for chipped, cracked, broken, or loose teeth. We’ll assess your bite and how your teeth rest together during this time as well. If you have had any restorations, we’ll also see how those are fairing.

At the end of the day, dental exams are a perfect complement to a cleaning and should be sought out every six months if possible. Not only do they help confirm existing dental issues, but they also can help predict those that may come in the future.

Make an Appointment

At Liberty Dental, our dentists in Ann Arbor, MI, want the best for your smile. That means that dental exams are needed to monitor your oral health. Call (734) 994-0909 to request an appointment and get started.