At Karen Mitchell DDS, we believe that the foundation of good oral hygiene is regular, professional examinations. Regular examinations give your dentist the opportunity to identify any emerging dental health issues and, more importantly, they let your dentist create a plan to treat them. During your examination, our team will closely inspect your teeth, gums, and bite. Working to understand your unique situation, we will craft a plan that can help your teeth stay strong, healthy, and beautiful far into the future.

To ensure long-term health, all of our oral examinations include an oral cancer screening. We also check for inflammation in the gums. X-rays will be performed  to check for cavities that cannot be seen clinically, look for impacted teeth or cysts, and inspect for cavities and overall health and stability. If we discover any active infections or diseases, we’ll recommend treatments or products to address them. Additionally, we’ll look at your smile preventively and suggest options to reduce your risks of broken, damaged, infected, or otherwise compromised teeth.

When you visit Karen Mitchel DDS, you can be confident that you’re receiving top-quality dental care from a proven, professional team. Whether you’re visiting us for a dental emergency, a hygiene cleaning, or anything in between, you can be confident that we’ll work with you to restore, preserve, and protect your beautiful smile. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, we encourage you to contact us today.

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What About Children’s Examinations?

KM Dentistry also offers oral examinations for children. During these examinations, we look at your child’s facial development and ensure that the muscles are working correctly to lead to proper jaw development. If not, we can suggest early orthodontic intervention options, including braces, expanders, and other apparatus.

What Can Examinations Identify?

Along with cleanings, regular examinations are key to the long-term health of your teeth. With the ability to identify the early signs or stages of a wide number of oral health problems, examinations allow you to address problems before they become major issues. Some of the things that an examination can identify include…

  • Oral cancer
  • Periodontitis or gingivitis
  • Cavities
  • Infection in teeth or bones
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Staining or discoloration
  • Worn down teeth

If we notice any of these issues during your examination, we can provide you with options to address and, in some cases, reverse them.