Oral Exams Jacksonville And Live Oak Florida Dentists

Performed in combination with teeth cleanings, oral exams involve our hygienists as well as Jacksonville and Live Oak, FL, dentists inspecting teeth, gums, and oral tissues for signs of decay, disease, or abnormalities. Dental X-rays are also periodically used to identify hidden issues with the jaw or tooth roots. These exams are essential for early detection of dental problems and allow for timely intervention and treatment.

Here’s what you need to know before you visit our team for an oral exam.

What Are Oral Exams?

An in-office dental exam is nothing to fear. In fact, it’s painless and generally only warrants the use of exploratory tools like a small mirror, scaler, or gloved hands. The process itself will begin with our hygienist asking questions about your medical history and whether anything with regards to your smile is currently bothering you.

After updates have been provided, we’ll proceed with necessary X-rays if you’re due for them. If not, we’ll move right into exploring every tooth’s surface as this will help uncover cavities, loose fillings or dental crowns, and more. Your gums will be checked as well in case there’s recession or evidence of an infection.

If anything of concern is detected, we’ll bring one of our dentists in early to determine possible treatment, but otherwise, our dentists will not swing by until after your teeth cleaning. It’s at that time that they will perform another quick exam to address questions you may have and double check the work done by our hygienists.

Will an Oral Exam Take Long?

No, oral exams should not last very long though certain findings may require closer investigation which can prolong the process. For example, the discovery of gum disease or a possibly cancerous lesion in the mouth will give our hygienists pause and demand the attention of our dentists. Abnormalities aside, the exam itself is straightforward and fast.

Give Us a Call Today

Coming in for an oral exam may feel less important than an actual cleaning, but it shouldn’t be ignored. Setting aside the time to have your mouth looked at allows our dentists in Jacksonville and Live Oak, FL, to catch potential issues and make sure all is well. Call one of our Higgins & White Dentistry locations today to request an appointment.

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