We perform dental exams with every cleaning. You may not know it’s occurring, but your dentist is looking for signs of gum disease, tooth decay, chips, cracks, wear, and oral cancer after your teeth are clean. This is a vital part of preventative dentistry in Rochester Hills. Catching problems early will save you time, money, and pain from severe dental problems. Dental exams are important for those who have restorations too. Even if you’ve replaced all your teeth with dentures or dental implants, we still need to perform a dental exam to ensure that your gums are healthy. Even restorations can have bacteria buildup that turns into gum disease—including porcelain veneers!
If you have any restorations in your mouth, your Rochester Hills dentist will check them to ensure they’re still intact and functioning the way they should.
Usually, you’ll get a cleaning and exam twice a year. However, there are situations where you may need to visit your dentist more often. If you fall into any of these categories, we may recommend that you come in more than twice per year.
- Have a personal history of gum disease
- Family history of tooth loss
- You’ve recently gotten dentures
- You’ve recently gotten dental implants
Some conditions make gum disease and tooth decay more likely, and we may recommend supplemental cleaning and exams in these cases, too.
- You smoke cigarettes or use chewing tobacco
- Have diabetes and a history of gum disease
- Chronic dry mouth