Dental Exam in Harker Heights, TX

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Why are Dental Exams Important? 

The goal of our caring team at ACE Dental of Harker Heights is to help you and your loved ones experience the long-term benefits of healthy, beautiful smiles. At our state-of-the-art practice, our general dentists perform biannual dental exams to screen for cavities, gum (periodontal) disease, oral cancer, and other oral health concerns. Advanced digital images may also be taken at certain visits to offer a more in-depth view of issues that could be impacting the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. If dental problems are diagnosed early, our team may be able to offer conservative treatment options that can make your care more affordable and convenient. Schedule dental exam visits with a Harker Heights, TX team dedicated to your family's oral health and smile!

What Are Routine Oral Cancer Screenings?

Oral cancer can appear in any place within the mouth, including the tongue, lips, gums, cheeks, palate, tonsils, and floor of the mouth. When you visit our modern practice for your dental exam, we also perform an oral cancer screening. These thorough evaluations allow us to check your mouth for tissue abnormalities, which may present as red or white lesions, rough or raised patches, bumps, or lesions that bleed easily. Our team will also palate your neck, head, and jaw for any concerns. If abnormal sores, lumps, nodules, or other concerns are identified, we may perform a biopsy or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation.

Do I Need a Dental Exam?

Children, teens, adults, and seniors should all receive dental exams on a biannual basis. In many cases, oral conditions, like gums disease or early tooth decay, may not present with symptoms you can readily see. When our team can detect these conditions early, we may be able to treat your family's needs with more conservative care. Exams are typically provided during dental cleaning visits and when needed to evaluate a certain oral issue, such as a dental emergency. The dentists at ACE Dental of Harker Heights adhere to the ADA's (American Dental Association) recommendation that kids have their teeth examined during the first year of life. Regular dental exams are also important for kids as they grow and their mouths develop.

What Happens During a Dental Exam?

We will begin each dental exam by reviewing your medical and dental histories and talking with you about your oral health. Our team may take digital x-rays of your teeth and jaw and perform a gum disease screening. Once these diagnostic services are complete, one of our dentists will then provide an oral cancer screening and check your teeth for damage or cavities, your temporomandibular joints (TMJ), and your bite. The condition and fit of any fillings, crowns, bridges, or other dental restorations that you may have will also be assessed to determine if they are still meeting your oral health needs.

What Can I Expect After My Dental Exam?

After your exam, our team will talk with you about our findings. If gum disease, tooth decay, or other conditions were identified, we will help you determine the treatment options ideal for reestablishing a healthy, functional smile. Suggestions on how to maintain good oral hygiene with daily brushing and flossing will also be offered at this time. ACE Dental of Harker Heights is a comprehensive family practice and offers a full menu of services to meet your oral health needs. Once your treatment plan is in place, a member of our team will assist you in setting up an appointment for your procedure, as well as your next preventive care visit.

Are Dental Exams Covered Under Insurance?

Dental exams are an important part of a preventive care plan and are generally covered under most dental insurance policies. To learn about your coverage, we will contact your provider and then let you know of any out-of-pocket costs. ACE Dental of Harker Heights is committed to helping patients get the dental care needed for long-term oral health and strives to make treatment both affordable and convenient. Be sure to ask our team about our flexible payment options when you call to set up your visit.

Keep Your Smile Healthy With Routine Dental Exams

Be proactive in maintaining oral health by attending biannual dental exams and preventive care visits with the caring team at ACE Dental of Harker Heights. During these thorough exams, our dentists seek to identify tooth decay, periodontal problems, and other dental concerns early on to help protect your oral health and general wellness. Book dental exam visits for you and your family at our Harker Heights, TX practice, and learn how you can experience the beauty of a healthy, happy smile!

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