If you want to enjoy strong, healthy teeth for life, regular dental exams and check-ups are crucial. Although your teeth may look and feel fine, some dental problems cause no noticeable symptoms. Only a professional like Dr. Robert Steinberger can identify and diagnose issues that would otherwise go unnoticed. When caught early, these dental problems are more treatable.
What Happens During a Dental Exam
At East Tremont Dental, routine dental exams are gentle and thorough; most of the time, they are paired with dental cleanings. A dental hygienist will use special instruments and techniques to clean the tiny nooks and crannies between your teeth and along the gumline, where a toothbrush or floss is prone to miss. Leftover food particles, bacteria and plaque are removed to reduce your risk of developing tooth decay, cavities and gum disease. Our entire team works slowly and deliberately, making sure you are comfortable throughout the cleaning.
After your teeth are cleaned, Dr. Steinberger will perform a visual exam of your entire mouth, looking for signs of the following:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Problems with tooth alignment
- Damage from tooth grinding/clenching
- Oral cancer
- Problems with existing restorations – e.g., a weak filling or cracked crown
If it is your first time seeing our Bronx dental team, we will ask about your dental health history, general health, medications you take and any allergies. This information helps us to identify any factors that may affect your dental health.
X-rays and other images may be taken to look for prospective problems between the teeth or other issues affecting the structures supporting the teeth.
If our dental team discovers something, we will create a step-by-step dental treatment plan to address it quickly and with minimally invasive techniques. Catching problems early can save you from requiring lengthy, costly treatment down the road.
Dental exams are also a great opportunity to discuss your at-home hygiene habits and identify possible areas of improvement. For example, we might show you a new flossing technique or recommend our favorite brand of toothpaste for sensitive teeth. We can talk to you about the importance of your diet to your oral health, and provide additional tips and information to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best.
If you are interested in improving an aesthetic element of your smile, Dr. Steinberger can talk to you about your cosmetic dentistry options. Perhaps you would like to brighten dull or discolored teeth through teeth whitening treatment, or cover up a crooked tooth with a porcelain veneer.
How Often Should You Have Dental Exams?
The cadence of dental exams is different for everyone, depending on age, dental health and potential risk factors. Some patients benefit from semi-annual exam, whereas you may need more frequent exams and cleanings because of a certain dental health condition or risk factor.
After meeting you, performing a complete and thorough dental evaluation and learning more about your dental history, health and lifestyle, Dr. Steinberger can recommend the frequency of dental exams moving forward. Keep in mind that this frequency can change as you get older or develop potential risk factors that require special preventative measures.