Dental Exam Overview
Excellent oral health allows individuals and their families to speak properly, eat their favorite food, and smile with complete comfort. Made Ya Smile offers annual dental exams so patients can be proactive in keeping their teeth clean and free from plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria. During this exam, Dr. Tuan (Anthony) Ly will thoroughly assess your teeth, gums, and jaw to see if there are any concerning areas. The goal, however, is early diagnosis so patients can avoid more costly or complex care in the future.
Made Ya Smile routinely evaluates individuals for periodontal (gum) disease, oral cancer, bone loss, TMJ disorders, and more. We will also perform a bite evaluation to see how your upper and lower teeth fit together. If you have restorations such as crowns, bridges, or veneers, Dr. Ly will ensure they are not damaged or in need of repair. As a quality dental facility, we are proud to give you custom care that is tailored to your needs. Our staff takes the time to understand your concerns so you can get the smile you want.
Dr. Ly uses the latest technology to diagnose your issues, such as low-radiation digital x-rays, 3D imaging, and intraoral photos. These tools help us see beneath the surface efficiently and accurately to examine your mouth. To schedule your dental examination with our team, contact our clinic in Missouri, TX.
Oral Cancer Screening
Tens of thousands of Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer every year, and our team takes proactive steps to prevent this serious issue and catch it as early as possible. At your annual dental examination in Missouri City, TX, our team will perform a screening for oral cancer to check for abnormal lesions in your mouth. Dr. Ly looks for areas that are red, white, raised, rough, or unusually shaped skin in or around the mouth, as well as lumps, sores, or nodules. It's not just the mouth that is affected by oral cancer, which is why our staff examines the throat, cheeks, tongue, gum tissues, and more. If we do detect an anomaly, Dr. Ly will have a consultation with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to see how we can move forward. In between appointments, Made Ya Smile encourages you to self-check for signs of cancer, including any areas that seem abnormal.
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Dr. Ly usually performs annual examinations for patients every year during one of your twice-yearly dental cleanings in Missouri City, TX. Our clinic fully supports the recommendation from the American Dental Association's (ADA) that states children see a dentist for their first appointment before their first birthday. Made Ya Smile will check for cavities, gum disease, or issues with the bite and jaw joints. Digital x-rays will help screen for cavities, bone loss, cysts, impacted teeth, and other concerns.
Even if you are not experiencing discomfort or pain in your teeth, mouth, or gums, it's still important to schedule a yearly assessment. Periodontal disease, for instance, does not cause any pain at first but could create serious issues in the future if you don't get it treated early. Made Ya Smile can also offer helpful information and techniques for keeping your smile clean. If you have questions or concerns about pacifier use, baby bottle tooth decay, or thumb sucking, we can address these problems with you.
What To Expect with Dental Exam
At the start of your exam, Dr. Ly will review your medical and dental history, any medications you are taking, and whether or not you are exhibiting any symptoms or changes since your last visit. Our team will check your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and perform a bite evaluation to see how your upper and lower teeth fit together. Using special dental instruments, Dr. Ly will assess the teeth for signs of decay and periodontal disease and measure the space between the gums and teeth as part of the screening.
Made Ya Smile uses low-radiation digital x-rays so our staff to see issues below the surface of the teeth and gums as well as in between and under restorations like fillings. We also use advanced intraoral cameras to see areas of the mouth that need additional treatment. After your annual dental exam, we will gather this information and share our recommendations for you to meet your unique needs.
Dental Exam Follow-Up
Based on your oral health requirements, your dental examination can be performed during one of your biannual cleanings. Dr. Ly may require these visits more often if you suffer from periodontal disease or other issues that affect the teeth and gums. Our dental hygienists and assistants can also offer you advice for cleaning your teeth and techniques for flossing to maintain your oral health. If there is a specific part of your mouth that needs more attention, we can offer you instructions for that as well. At Made Ya Smile, we help all patients achieve confident, gorgeous smiles with a custom dental exam.
Dental Exam Insurance Coverage
Made Ya Smile accepts most PPO dental insurance plans for your annual dental examination and will help file claims on your behalf. Since exams are considered preventive care, they are usually covered in part or in full. If you do not have insurance, our financial team will give you several options for out-of-pocket costs to make care more affordable. We also offer an in-house savings plan and interest-free financing.
Annual Dental Exams
Comprehensive dental exams are essential to keeping your smile looking and feeling great in Missouri, TX. Annual exams with Dr. Ly and his staff at Made Ya Smile can help prevent dental issues before they become much larger problems in the future, requiring more extensive and costly care. Even if you don't feel any pain, discomfort, or other symptoms, we recommend scheduling a personalized examination every year. Contact our friendly practice in Texas today for your appointment.