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Dental Exam

Smiles in Springfield

General Dentists & Implant Dentist located in Springfield, VA

Getting a dental exam every six months protects the health of your teeth, gums, and your entire body by preventing dental infections that can spread into your bloodstream. Untreated gum disease increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease. At Smiles in Springfield, Dr. Quang Cao Tran, DDS, provides exceptional, comprehensive, and compassionate care during your dental exam. If it’s time for your regular checkup, call the office in Springfield, Virginia, or schedule an appointment online.

Dental Exam Q & A

What happens during my dental exam?

During your dental checkup, the team at Smiles in Springfield does more than check for cavities. They look at every aspect of your oral health, beginning with reviewing your medical history and talking with you about any problems or symptoms you might have. 

Your dental exam also includes:

Digital X-rays

X-rays are usually done once a year, but whenever you need them, the team at Smiles in Springfield uses digital X-rays. In addition to using significantly less radiation than a standard X-ray, digital X-rays immediately display the results on a chairside computer monitor. Your provider can zoom in or enlarge the image so you can see your oral health and understand your treatment options.

Professional teeth cleaning

In addition to checking for cavities, teeth cleaning is the heart of your regular dental exam. Even if you diligently brush and floss twice every day, it’s nearly impossible to remove all the plaque, and there’s no way a toothbrush can remove hardened tartar. Tartar contains bacteria that cause decay and gum disease when it stays on your teeth.

After plaque and tartar are removed, your hygienist cleans and polishes your teeth. This type of professional polishing uses a rotary tool and a mildly abrasive paste that buffs away uneven areas on your teeth, leaving them clean and smooth.

Dental checkup

After your cleaning is finished, your dentist examines your teeth, checks your X-rays, and identifies problems that need treatment.

Annual gum exam

Though your hygienist and dentist check the health of your gums at every checkup, adults also receive a comprehensive periodontal exam every year. This exam more thoroughly evaluates your gums, bite, and bone structure.

Do you screen for oral cancer during my dental exam?

Yes, you’re screened for oral cancer at every dental checkup. Your provider examines your oral and facial structures for lumps, discoloration, sores, and other warning signs of oral cancer. Many patients develop pre-cancerous lesions that can be detected and removed to prevent oral cancer.

How often should I schedule dental exams?

Most patients need to schedule a dental exam every six months to be sure plaque and tartar are removed and to catch the earliest signs of gum disease and decay. You may need more frequent checkups, however, if you have gum disease, you’re pregnant, or you have certain health conditions such as diabetes.

To schedule a dental exam, call Smiles in Springfield or use the online booking feature.