Dental Exams in Seattle, WA

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Why Are Dental Exams Important? 

Attending regular dental evaluations lets you take a preemptive step to ensure the wellness of your teeth. An annual oral exam at Dental@888 screens for dental cavities, periodontal disease, and numerous other conditions that could damage your dental and overall health. Generally performed with a regular dental cleaning, standard exams let Dr. Hal Kussick assess the teeth, gumline, bite, TMJ, and other oral structures. In some cases, he may perform oral cancer screenings or use an intraoral camera to detect any problems. To preserve the health and beauty of your smile, please schedule a routine dental exam at our Seattle, WA office soon.

What Are the Benefits of A Dental Exam?

Regular dental examinations conducted at Dental@888 in Seattle, WA lead to an assortment of advantages for your overall oral wellness, such as:

  • Early detection of dental wellness complications
  • Early care and management
  • Opportunity to conduct dental imaging and more diagnostic exams
  • Better dental hygiene
  • Personal dental advice
  • Lower risk of tooth loss
  • Education about correct flossing and brushing strategies
  • Fresh breath
  • Extending the wellness of your smile

What Can I Expect During A Dental Exam?

Patients of all ages should undergo dental exams at least once annually with a cleaning. For other concerns that occur between cleanings, dental exams assess any discomfort, oral cancer signs, trauma, periodontal disease, and cavities. By maintaining effective oral health habits, like brushing and flossing, you can help reduce tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Kussick offers comprehensive dental exams one time per year during a teeth cleaning; however, we might schedule exams more frequently for patients with specific oral health conditions. Often, when we identify dental concerns early on, our staff can usually offer more conservative treatments and help avoid discomfort and costly treatments in the future.

Because insurance considers annual exams preventive, patients usually do not have to pay for the visit. However, if you need more extensive treatment, our team will develop a treatment plan, review the costs, and help you manage payment options.

Dental Exam FAQ

How long will my dental exam take?
A dental checkup with our team in Seattle, WA should take between 30 – 60 minutes. Your dental exam may take longer if an oral health issue is found, so your dentist can gather the necessary information and create a treatment plan for you.

Are dental exams painful?
An oral and periodontal exam, along with any possible x-rays, should not cause significant discomfort. Our dental professionals utilize the latest technologies and techniques to ensure you remain comfortable during your appointment. To schedule preventive dental care, such as a dental exam, call our office to be connected with a member of our team.

What should I do to prepare for a dental exam?
Between dental appointments, always maintain a good oral hygiene routine with twice daily flossing and brushing. Immediately before seeing the dentist, we recommend you brush your teeth and avoid consuming food or beverages within an hour of your appointment. Wear comfortable clothes and bring any concerns you might have up with your dental team when you are seen.

Protect Your Smile With Preventive Care

Getting a healthy smile takes more effort than only going to your dental practitioner if you notice a problem. Schedule your family's oral evaluations with Dr. Kussick at our Seattle, WA facility! Yearly dental exams at Dental@888 help discover issues early on, treat oral concerns, and protect your health.

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