Dental Exams

Dental exams help our dental professionals rule out any oral health issues, including tooth decay and gum disease. Here’s what to expect during your exam at Wetherill Family Dentistry.
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Regular dental exams are vital to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. During a dental exam, our team looks for signs of gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health conditions. Finding problems early makes treatment more successful.

What to Expect at a Dental Exam

Let’s look at what you can expect when you sit down in our dentist’s chair here at Wetherill Family Dentistry for a regular dental exam and why routine dental exams are so crucial to your overall oral and physical health.

Most dental exams follow a predictable trajectory that begins with cleaning. A dental hygienist cleans the teeth using tools that scrape or remove plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth and the perimeter of your gum line. The teeth are then polished, and sometimes X-rays are taken to help our dentist find any oral health issues that may not be visible to the naked eye.

Next, Dr. Wetherill reviews the X-rays, looking for signs of cavities or inflammation. The dentist examines your soft palate, gums, neck, and throat, looking for any abnormalities. If there are problems discovered during the exam, Dr. Wetherill will schedule a follow-up visit.

If a cavity is discovered during the exam, our dentist may offer to fill it on the same day, if desired and if time is available. If necessary, we may refer you to a specialist in Wilmington, such as an oral surgeon, depending on the issue.

How Often Should You Schedule a Routine Dental Exam?

Your oral health determines how often Dr. Wetherill may ask you to come in for a routine dental exam. The standard recommendation for routine dental exams is twice per year, although some patients may need to be seen by their dentists more frequently.

For instance, if you have a dental crown, Dr. Wetherill may want to see you more often so that potential tooth decay below the crown can be ruled out. If you are at greater risk for developing gum disease due to health issues, smoking, or the use of certain medications, Dr. Wetherill may recommend that you come in more often.

The Importance of Routine Dental Exams

Routine dental exams should be part of your overall oral health regimen. Dental exams:

  • Prevent cavities and problems with your gums. Brushing and flossing alone cannot remove 100% of the plaque, which can lead to the erosion of tooth enamel and gums. Dental exams allow for early detection of any problems so that treatment outcomes are more successful.
  • Protect both your oral health and your physical health. Untreated dental problems lead to cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. In addition, researchers warn that diabetes and cardiovascular problems are more likely in people with poor dental health.
  • Keep your smile healthy and bright. Staining and other issues can affect your smile over time. Polishing the teeth removes mild stains, giving you a healthier-looking smile.
  • Can help detect changes in oral health. Changes in the teeth, jawbone, gums, and soft tissue can alert us to serious problems, including cancer.

Dental exams are the cornerstone of good oral health. Work with Dr. Wetherill and his team to determine the best schedule for regular dental exams, so you can maintain your healthiest and brightest smile.

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Has it been a while since your last dental exam? Contact Wetherill Family Dentistry today to schedule your dental exam today.

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