What does a dental exam involve?

During a dental exam, your dentist or hygienist will evaluate your overall health and oral hygiene. He or she will look for tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease. The dentist will also evaluate your need for any tooth restorations (fillings or crowns) or tooth replacement (implants or partial/complete dentures). The dentist or hygienist will also measure your gum pockets to check for gum disease. An oral cancer screening is also part of your periodic dental exam.

How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?

The answer to this question will depend on the individual patient’s needs. Most patients with good oral hygiene and low risk for cavities will only need be seen twice a year (typically every 6 months). Patients who tend to get more buildup or are prone to frequent cavities may be seen every 3 or 4 months.

How often do I need xrays?

Again, the answer to this questions will depend on your individual needs. A full set of xrays (18 exposures) will capture the entire mouth but is typically only needed every 5 years or so. Bitewing xrays that show cavities developing in between teeth that the dentist cannot see clinically are typically exposed 12-24 months.

Do you offer film or digital xrays?

Moshman Dental exclusively uses digital radiographs. The radiation exposure is significantly lower, the image appears on the monitor instantly, and the clarity is far superior to traditional film. Another advantage of digital xrays is the ease in which they can be electronically submitted to insurance companies or sent to dental specialist (with the permission of the patient of course).