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Cedar Mountain Dental

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Newington, CT

If you want to make sure your smile stays healthy, you need to have it routinely examined by a professional. Zach Korwin, DMD, Gary Toubman, DDS, and the team of dental professionals at Cedar Mountain Dental offer high-quality dental examinations for their patients in Newington, Connecticut. Schedule your dental examination today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Dental Examination Q & A

What is a dental examination?

A dental examination is a routine assessment of your oral health performed by a dental professional. These visits are essential for maintaining a healthy smile, and they are a cornerstone of good preventive dental care.

Why do I need a dental examination?

You need routine dental examinations to ensure your teeth, gums, and the rest of your oral tissues are healthy. No matter how diligent you are with brushing and flossing at home, you’re still susceptible to developing oral health conditions, like tooth decay and gum disease. During your dental exam, your dentist identifies any worrisome dental conditions and prescribes a treatment plan to restore your oral health and keep your smile healthy.

Many conditions (gum disease in particular) sometimes progress without major symptoms, but the team at Cedar Mountain Dental is trained to spot these conditions at their earliest stages. The earlier your dentist is able to treat a condition, the less invasive and costly the procedures usually are.

What happens during a dental examination?

During your dental examination, your dentist carefully inspects every area of your mouth, including your teeth, gums, inner cheeks, and tongue. They’ll use a small mirror to view every angle and might use an intraoral camera or X-rays to get a deeper and more precise view of your oral health.

Some of the conditions your dentist looks for includes:

  • Tooth decay and cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Worrisome chips, cracks, or fractures
  • Misalignment of your bite
  • Worn-down tooth surfaces
  • Lesions or growths on your soft tissues
  • Oral cancer

If you have any restorations — like fillings, crowns, bridges, or dentures — your dentist also checks that they’re still performing optimally.

How often do I need a dental examination?

You should have a dental examination every time you get a dental cleaning, about twice a year. The American Dental Association recommends working with your dentist to determine a cleaning and exam interval personally tailored to your oral health needs. Some patients, like those experiencing gum disease, might need more frequent cleanings and exams, while others might only need a cleaning and exam once a year.

Make sure your mouth is healthy and schedule your dental examination with Cedar Mountain Dental today by calling the office or booking online.