Dental Exams in Holyoke, MA

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To build longevity in your oral health, you need to visit your dentist’s office regularly. Rather than always reacting when something is wrong, preventive care helps stop issues before they get worse. Dental exams are a major part of routine dental care. They help you to combat things like tooth decay, periodontal disease, and issues with dental restorations.

Have healthy teeth and gums with routine dental exams at Oakdale Dental Associates, P.C.

Benefits of a Dental Exam

Visiting the dentist for a regular dental exam is a vital part of your oral care routine. And, by doing so, you reap some incredible benefits.

  • Engage with your dentist about your current and future oral health goals
  • Ask your dentist any questions or bring up any concerns you may have
  • Address any issues sooner rather than later
  • Save money on major dental work
  • Avoid the pain of dental conditions that have been left to spread, such as tooth decay

When you know that you see your dentist regularly for dental exams, you can feel confident about your oral health.

What to Expect During Your Dental Exam

Most often, a dental exam coincides with a dental cleaning. So, in other words, when you come to our office for your bi-annual cleaning, it will be followed up with a dental exam. You can expect the entire appointment to last about an hour. 

Upon arriving, you will first meet with the dental hygienist. Your oral health will be assessed before moving on to remove plaque, polish the teeth, and floss. Once your teeth feel like new, you will then be seen by a dentist who will perform a dental exam.

During the exam, the dentist will be looking for: 

  • The appearance and health of any of the teeth’s structures, looking for any cracks, fractures, chips, or other visible damage 
  • Whether or not any teeth are discolored from tooth decay
  • Visibly inspecting the gum, looking for signs of gum disease as well as the depths of any periodontal pockets
  • Abnormalities in the neck, jaw, and bite
  • Oral cancer screening

Sometimes x-rays will be included as part of the exam. When used as a diagnostic tool, x-rays allow the dentist to have a deeper view of the teeth that can’t be seen from the surface. For instance, any signs of decay that have not discolored the tooth can be seen on an x-ray – and handled accordingly. 

After your dental exam, a treatment plan will be developed if there are any oral health issues that are of concern.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you prepare for a dental exam?

No, there is no need to prepare for a dental exam. However, this is a great time to bring up any questions or concerns you may have about your oral health – as well as any goals you may have going forward.

How often should you have a dental exam?

Ideally, you should have a dental exam every time you have a cleaning  – which is recommended every 6 months. If this is not possible, make sure that you are having a dental exam at least once a year. Depending on your oral health, your dentist may suggest more or less frequent visits.

Are dental x-rays safe?

Yes. Dental x-rays are digital and emit very little radiation and have been approved for regular use in diagnosing dental health issues.