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General Dentistry

It’s said that the best place to start is at the very beginning, and with dentistry, it all begins with an initial comprehensive examination.

In a general dental visit, our team will go beyond simply cleaning and flossing your teeth-we’ll lay the groundwork for any future recommendations that can help improve your oral health.

What’s Involved in a Comprehensive Exam?

dental consultationAt Discover Dental, a dental exam includes:

  • Providing a thorough oral cancer screening, both visually and digitally (using the fingers), checking all of your lymph nodes, lips, tongue and the insides of your mouth and cheeks.
  • A series of diagnostic X-rays that provide a comprehensive view of your teeth and condition of your bones.
  • A periodontal examination, which includes a thorough screening and assessment of your gums – to check for any signs of periodontal (gum) disease.
  • An occlusal exam, to check for bite problems (underbite, overbite, crossbite), worn teeth, and jaw problems, such as TMJ.
  • A tooth-by-tooth check to identify cavities, examine prior treatment and restorations and the current condition of each. We will locate any chipped, cracked or missing teeth, or identify any work that needs to be performed such as protective sealants or fluoride treatments to strengthen the teeth.

If at any time during your exam we discover a condition or cavity that may need a filling, we’ll develop a treatment plan straightaway.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my visit last?

A typical clean and exam lasts roughly one hour.

I haven’t been to the practice in years. Can I make an appointment?

Absolutely. We’ll never judge a patient based on their dental history-in fact, we believe the best time to get your oral health in order is now!

Is a general dental visit painful?

Not at all. We do our best to keep you comfortable and relaxed at all times. If you’re anxious about visiting us, we’re happy to talk you through the process or feel free to ask about our sedation dentistry options.

Ready to Book Your Visit?

Every journey begins with a first step! If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist, we’d be happy to provide you with a thorough examination. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.
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