What Is A Dental Exam?
Undergoing biannual dental exams are very important to maintaining and improving your overall oral health. These exams are performed to identify any problems or concerns with your teeth, gums, bite, and jaw. Early detection is also key in preventing minor concerns from becoming greater issues that may require more intensive treatment. Comprehensive dental exams at Michaela Tozzi, DMD can assess your dental health by checking for tooth decay, gum disease, and signs of oral cancer. Digital x-rays are also performed during this time to gain a better insight into the health of your oral structures. A thorough dental exam will help seasoned dentist Dr. Michaela Tozzi determine if any treatment is needed to address oral concerns, such as cavities, gingivitis, or periodontists. If you live in Henderson or near Las Vegas, NV, we invite you to reach out to our practice to schedule a comprehensive dental exam for you and your family.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is an umbrella term that is used to describe any type of cancer that develops inside or near the mouth. Oral cancer can affect the lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, jawbone, the floor of the mouth, soft palate, salivary glands, and throat. Every dental exam at Michaela Tozzi, DMD includes a screening for oral cancer to look for any signs of concern, such as inflammation, sores, lumps, and lesions. Dr. Tozzi will also feel the neck and jaw for abnormal growths. If any abnormalities are found, a biopsy may be performed or we may refer you to a specialist for further testing.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Exams?
There are many benefits to receiving dental exams, including:
- Preventive care to preserve the health of your smile
- The ability to catch dental issues before they develop further
- Less invasive treatments available for dental concerns caught early
- Evaluation of the mouth to detect oral cancer
Dental Exam Reviews
"As a medical professional I tend to be hypercritical of those serving in the profession. Unfortunately, I'm often disappointed by prices, information, and quality of work. I'm 62 years old and decided it was time to overhaul my smile. It needs to last for the rest of my life. I searched across the Las Vegas valley looking for a cosmetic dentist to do the work, and after visiting four other offices for evaluations and pricing, I found Dr. Tozzi. I was greatly impressed by her manner; she sat me down and took great care to explain my options and prices. She did a complete examination, she even did the cleaning of my teeth herself. She did not give the task to a techinician, and that impressed me. She told me she liked doing that work herself because it gave her opportunity to fully evaluate her patients teeth. The final result was stellar, the price was affordable and the outcome was exactly as she said it would be. I have a new smile and for the first time in my life, I enjoy showing it off. I highly recommend this concierge dentist, and I feel confident your experience will rival mine."- D.M. / Yelp / Jan 02, 2016
"As a medical professional I am always hypercritical of the service I receive from other medical professionals. As such, I am often more disappointed than I am impressed--however, not the case with this AMAZING dentist! Dr. Tozzi and her staff completely won me over in the first office visit, and, without question secured my loyalty and business for as long as I have teeth in my head. Hopefully, (smile) with her care, that will be for a very, very long time to come. To begin, instead of speaking with a "technician" about my treatment and care plan options, I was greeted in the lobby by Dr. Tozzi herself, and walked into her office for a personal consultation. I've lived in Las Vegas for six years, and in that time I've been through nearly as many dentists. Why? Because I felt like a number, rather than a patient who mattered to them. Dr. Tozzi, explained everything to me, took my personal history, listened intently to my desired outcome, and patiently explained my options. Once we agreed on a plan of action--we began immediately. Here is what completely sold me. Despite having the facilities and staff to follow the protocol of so many others, Dr. Tozzi did all of the work on me, herself. She was the one who cleaned my teeth, she was the one who inspected and measured my gums, she was the one who took care of my needs from start to finish, and that protocol has continued through several office visits. When I asked her about it, she replied, "I think it important that I am the one establishing rapport with my patients, and there is no better way to do that than to be the one doing the work. If I put a technician between me and my patients, and ask them to do it all, I am missing out on a critical piece of the doctor patient relationship. Besides, I like doing it." So, if you are looking for a dental professional who truly cares about YOU. One who will not turn you over to a string of technicians so they can limit their exposure to you--then this is the professional for you. She is current in her training and technical expertise. She knows all of the newest procedures and her office is outfitted with the finest dental equipment available. And, she is just a great person to talk to and trust with your dental care. Furthermore, her staff came from the same mold. It is clear that everyone from the receptionist and office manager to the x-ray technician, they are all hand picked and trained by her, to follow her example. This is true concierge medicine that is affordable across the board for those needing it. Stop by, and you will come back again and again, because there is something very clear when you are in the hands of an absolute professional; you feel like you matter to them. And folks, that is not something you will forget."- D.M. / Google / Mar 19, 2016
"Dr. Tozzi is kind, efficient, and knowledgeable. We trust her for our dental care and the dental health of our children as well."- G.J. / Google / Mar 19, 2020
"As a medical professional I tend to be hypercritical of those serving in the profession. Unfortunately, I’m often disappointed by prices, information, and quality of work. I’m 62 years old and decided it was time to overhaul my smile. It needs to last for the rest of my life. I searched across the Las Vegas valley looking for a cosmetic dentist to do the work, and after visiting four other offices for evaluations and pricing, I found Dr. Tozzi. I was greatly impressed by her manner; she sat me down and took great care to explain my options and prices. She did a complete examination, she even did the cleaning of my teeth herself. She did not give the task to a techinician, and that impressed me. She told me she liked doing that work herself because it gave her opportunity to fully evaluate her patients teeth. The final result was stellar, the price was affordable and the outcome was exactly as she said it would be. I have a new smile and for the first time in my life, I enjoy showing it off. I highly recommend this concierge dentist, and I feel confident your experience will rival mine."- D.M. / Yelp / Jan 02, 2016
who should have a dental exam?
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends dental exams every six months to one year, even if your mouth is in ideal health. Biannual visits can identify dental concerns and assess if you are on track for long-term oral health. We encourage patients of all ages to visit the dentist, and the ADA even recommends that children receive a dental exam before their first birthday. When oral issues are caught early, you tend to have more minimally invasive treatment options available to address your concerns, which can save you money in the long run. By postponing treatment, it can allow bacteria to spread and concerns, like cavities, to become more severe, which can lead to invasive treatment options that are typically more expensive. We understand that visiting the dentist can seem scary, but our caring team is dedicated to providing a comfortable and relaxing experience.
How ArE Dental Exams Performed?
Your dental exam will begin with a brief examination of your teeth, tongue, gums, throat, inside your cheeks, roof of your mouth, and other checkpoints. This includes checking for signs of oral cancer in your mouth. Dr. Tozzi or a member of our team will then take x-rays to attain a detailed view of your internal structures and perform a thorough exam of your gums. Dr. Tozzi will also evaluate your neck, head, and jaw, including your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and bite. Once your assessment is complete, she will discuss her findings with you and go over all of your treatment options. Dr. Tozzi will take her time to discuss any health concerns you may have, review prescriptions you are taking, and provide tips on different care regimens you can incorporate at home to improve your oral health. Lastly, she will check any restorations you have to assess their fit and wear.
What To Expect After A Dental Exam
If Dr. Tozzi doesn't find any oral concerns, such as cavities, gingivitis, or periodontitis, then she will generally recommend that you continue practicing routine oral care at home and schedule biannual dental cleanings. If Dr. Tozzi does discover any concerns that require treatment, follow-up exams will be scheduled accordingly. Your treatment plan will depend on the location, severity, and symptoms of your oral health concerns.
Will Insurance Cover A Dental Exam?
Since a dental exam is critical to your oral health, it's typically covered by dental insurance. Our office will contact your insurance company to confirm your coverage and any out-of-pocket expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, Michaela Tozzi, DMD accepts many payments, including medical financing.
Dental Exam FAQ
How often should I receive a dental exam?
For most individuals, dental exams are recommended every six months. They are often performed at the same visit as a dental cleaning. However, if you are experiencing a dental issue, you should contact our facility to schedule a dental exam to determine the cause.
What happens if an issue is detected during my dental exam?
If an issue is detected during your dental exam, Dr. Tozzi will create a treatment plan to help treat the issue. In most cases, a separate dental appointment will be made to administer treatment. Dental exams are important in order to diagnose these issues early on and prevent more invasive treatment.
Does a dental exam always include x-rays?
Not every dental exam may include taking x-rays. For most individuals with no dental concerns, x-rays will be taken every couple of months or years. However, if you are having pain, discomfort, or a separate concern, new x-rays may be needed to diagnose the issue.
Annual Dental Exams
Maintaining good oral health means that you don't just go to the dentist when something goes wrong. Preventive care is vital. It may save your teeth and gums, as well as a significant amount of money and time. We recommend visiting Dr. Tozzi at Michaela Tozzi, DMD once a year for a dental examination. Doing so can enable you to minimize problems by catching and treating them in the early stages. We do our best to make dental exams a positive experience for you so it's easier to keep yourself healthy. Contact our office in Henderson, NV to make your appointment.
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