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Dental Exams

Santa Monica Bay Dental

Dentists located in Santa Monica, CA

Dental exams are the foundation of great dental health and an area of specialty at Santa Monica Bay Dental, located in Santa Monica, California. Families from in and around the Los Angeles area entrust the practice with their dental needs and are often so pleased with their experience they introduce friends and family to the practice. If you’re overdue for a dental exam, call the office today to book a visit, or spend a few moments on the online scheduling page.

Dental Exams Q & A

What are dental exams?

Dental exams are visits that check for signs of dental decay and other forms of the disease. They are a powerful preventive tool that allows your dental team the chance to identify areas of concern and take action before a serious problem develops. 

Most men, women, and children benefit from coming in for dental exams every six months. This schedule allows your dentist to check your teeth, gums, and other tissues thoroughly, and to note any changes in your dental record. 

What happens during a dental exam?

The initial portion of your visit centers on a discussion of any changes you’ve noticed since your last appointment. A thorough cleaning follows, including professional removal of any plaque or tartar present. 

A full dental exam is performed. Your dentist looks for signs of tooth decay as well as dental disease. Your gums and the other tissues in your mouth are also checked for signs of tissue abnormalities. If needed, X-ray imaging is performed to gain insight into the interior of your teeth and surrounding bone tissue. 

You’ll also have time to ask questions or share your concerns about your dental health during your appointment. Wondering how to boost your oral hygiene routine? Want to ask about teeth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry options? Your dental exam is a good time to broach those subjects. 

What if a problem is detected during my dental exam?

If an area of concern is detected during your dental exam, your dentist will discuss all available treatment options with you. You’ll receive all the details needed to make an informed decision about your care. 

You’ll likely need to book another appointment if you need a filling or another restorative service. In some cases, additional screening may be needed to learn more about your specific dental needs. This is especially true if your dentist discovered an area of tissue abnormality during your exam. 

If needed, your dentist can refer you to another oral health specialist for additional testing or advanced treatment. Your practitioner remains in close contact with your extended dental care team to ensure continuity of care once your treatment needs are met. 

If you’re overdue for a dental exam, schedule an appointment online today. You are also welcome to call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff regarding appointment availability.