Dental Exam Specialist

Lake Forest Dental

Davina Prida, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in McKinney, TX

Dental exams are an essential part of preventive oral health care. At Lake Forest Dental in McKinney, Texas, Davina Prida, DDS, and her team provide professional and comfortable dental exams to help patients maintain the health of their teeth and gums. Schedule your next dental exam with Dr. Prida by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Dental Exam

Why are dental exams necessary?

Dental exams present the perfect opportunity for your dentist to check on your overall oral health. Dental exams also allow you to express any issues or concerns you have about the health of your teeth and gums. Regular dental exams are critical because they are your first line of defense against tooth loss and periodontal disease. 

Dental exams also allow your dentist to check for signs of other illnesses like lupus and diabetes that often show their first signs in the mouth. Dental exams give your dentist the chance to detect and treat any oral health conditions as early as possible.  


What happens during a dental exam?

Dental exams can involve several types of evaluations to give your dentist a good image of your oral health. Regular dental exams typically involve three parts. The first is a brief discussion about your overall health, any medications you take, and any changes or concerns you have about your oral health. 

Next is an examination of your teeth and gums. During this part of the exam, your dentist takes a good look at your teeth and gums to check for decay and signs of periodontal disease. The last part of a typical dental exam is a teeth cleaning. During your teeth cleaning, your dentist uses specialized tools to remove built-up plaque and tartar from your teeth and below your gum line.  

During your dental exam, your dentist also checks for signs of oral cancer. Your dentist performs a simple visual examination to check for any lumps, lesions, or discoloration of the soft tissue.

Your dentist may also decide to take X-rays of your mouth. This gives your dentist a detailed view of your teeth and gums and allows them to detect any decay happening between the teeth. 

 

What happens if a cavity is found?

If Dr. Prida comes across a cavity or any other condition, she’ll do her best to treat you the same day. Dr. Prida and her team specialize in high-quality composite restorations for restoring a natural appearance to teeth experiencing tooth decay. 

To learn more about managing your oral health, book an appointment at Lake Forest Dental by phone or online today.