Dental Exams in Temple, TX

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What Are Dental Exams?

Helping all patients enjoy bright, healthy smiles is our primary goal at ACE Dental of Temple. Identifying oral health needs and planning for ways to help you and your family achieve oral health all begin with a dental exam. Our experienced general dentists recommend that patients receive comprehensive dental exams at least twice each year. This gives us a chance to assess your oral health for cavities, gum (periodontal) disease, oral cancer, and other dental concerns. Digital x-rays may be taken at some visits, which can offer our dentists a greater understanding of your health and allow us to detect any hidden conditions impacting the health of your gums, teeth, or jawbone. When we can diagnose oral issues early, a more conservative approach can generally be taken, often saving you both time and money. Get in touch with our caring Temple, TX practice today to book dental exams for you and your family!

Why Are Routine Oral Cancer Screenings Important?

At ACE Dental of Temple, we perform an oral cancer screening during every dental exam. Oral cancer can develop anywhere in or around the mouth, including on the tongue, floor of the mouth, gums, cheeks, palate, and throat. During these evaluations, we look for signs of tissue abnormalities, like red or white spots, rough or raised areas, and sores the bleed easily. Our team will also screen your jaw, chin, neck, and head for any signs of concern. A biopsy may be performed, or you may be referred to a specialist if we detect any suspicious lesions, bumps, nodules, or other concerning areas.

Who Should Receive Dental Exams?

Children, teens, and adults should all have dental exams on a biannual basis. In many instances, gum disease and other common dental problems may not present with symptoms you can identify on your own. Less invasive forms of care can often be performed when oral health issues are diagnosed early. Our Temple, TX dentists typically provide routine dental exams for all patients during biannual dental cleanings or as necessary to evaluate urgent dental needs or other concerns. It is even recommended by the ADA (American Dental Association) that children have their teeth examined for the first time before they turn a year old. Regular dental exams are also important for kids as they grow and their permanent teeth erupt.

What Does a Dental Exam Consist of?

At the start of your exam, one of our dentists will go over your medical and dental histories and spend time talking with you about any oral health concerns you have. We may take digital x-rays and conduct a screening for gum disease. Once these steps are completed, our dentists will check your teeth for cavities, evaluate your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and bite, and perform your oral cancer screening. The condition of any fillings or other dental restorations you have will also be examined to determine if they are still protecting your teeth and meeting your oral health needs.

What Can I Expect After My Dental Exam?

After your exam is finished, we will discuss any conditions that were identified and treatment recommendations to improve your oral health. ACE Dental of Temple is a comprehensive practice and can serve the needs of you and your family from our state-of-the-art facility. A member of our team can help you set up any appointments for treatments, as well as for your next dental cleaning and exam visit. We will also provide you with tips and suggestions on how to maintain good oral hygiene through daily brushing and flossing.

Is a Dental Exam Covered by Insurance?

Dental exams are a preventive dentistry service and are generally covered by dental insurance providers. To learn about your individual plan, a member of our billing team will review your plan and let you know of any portion of your visit that may not be covered. If you have out-of-pocket costs for your care, we will be happy to review the convenient payment options accepted at ACE Dental of Temple.

Detect Oral Health Conditions With Preventive Care

Routine dental exams are an important part of a preventive dental care plan that can help your family enjoy healthier teeth and gums. By performing routine dental exams, our Temple, TX dentists can detect tooth decay, periodontal problems, and additional dental concerns that may affect your health. Contact ACE Dental of Temple today to schedule dental exams for you and your family, and take a proactive approach to protect the health of your smiles!

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