Dental Exams - Phoenix

Ensuring Healthy Smiles Year-Round

Regular dental exams are an important part of maintaining healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. When it’s time for their family’s dental exams, Greater Phoenix area residents come to AZ Family Dental to make sure their teeth are as strong and healthy as possible.

During a dental exam, the dentist can thoroughly evaluate your teeth and gums to:

  • Detect early signs of disease and complications
  • Assess the effectiveness of bridgework and other procedures
  • Prescribe treatments and solutions if a problem is detected

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What Dental Exams Do You Offer?

During your initial visit to one of our Greater Phoenix area offices, the dentist will perform a comprehensive exam on your teeth and gums. During your regular checkups, the dentist and hygienist will perform the following dental exams:

Oral Cancer Screening: Cancers of the mouth can have a major impact on how you eat, speak, and breathe, so the dentist checks the lips, tongue, throat, and skin of the face and neck for signs of cancer.

Evaluation of Gum Disease: Gum disease can develop and progress, even if there are no signs or symptoms. To prevent further damage, the dentist will check the bone and gums for disease.

Evaluation of Diagnostic X-rays: Not all damage to the teeth occurs on the surface. During dental exams, the dentist will order radiographs, or X-rays, to detect decay, bone loss, and disease. X-rays also determine root and tooth position and can indicate if other procedures are needed to align them.

Evaluation of Tooth Decay: Decaying teeth left untreated can lead to pain, infection, and eventual tooth loss. Our dentist will examine each tooth and its surfaces with specialized instruments to identify tooth decay and determine the proper course of treatment.

Evaluation of Current Restorations: Even restored teeth aren’t safe from disease and decay. The dentist will check fillings, crowns, and other dental work for signs of breakdown and recurrent decay.