Dental Exams

Dental Checkup – Salt Lake City, UT

Everyone can benefit from a dental exam at Complete Smiles in Salt Lake City and West Jordan, Utah. Our dentists carefully examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for signs of decay, disease, or other oral health issues. You can count on us to be thorough and professional. If any issues are to be addressed, we’ll provide you with an effective treatment plan.

What is a Routine Dental Exam?

A dental examination is an assessment of your oral health. Dental exams are completed by dentists, who look inside your mouth and study pictures or X-rays of your teeth. The dentist looks for any oral health problems that need to be treated.

How Often Does Someone Need a Dental Exam?

Dental exams are one part of your regular dental checkup. We recommend getting a dental checkup twice a year. You can prepare for your dental exam by noting any questions or observations about your teeth you want to tell your dentist. If your teeth and gums are fairly healthy, the dental exam should only take 5-10 minutes.

Is a Dental Examination Painful?

No, a dental exam is not painful. You can expect the dentist to use small dental tools to examine your teeth carefully. If a tooth has a suspected cavity, the dentist may poke at it with a tool, trying to determine if it is decaying. No one will treat your teeth, fill in cavities, or do something that might hurt without telling you about it first and asking for your permission.

What Does a Full Dental Checkup Include?

We offer a wide range of dental services at Complete Smiles. When you go to the dentist for your bi-annual dental checkup, you can expect the following things to happen:

  • Medical and Dental History: Your hygienist or dental assistant will review your medical and dental history with you and ask about the current medications you are taking.
  • X-rays: X-rays may be taken to give the dentist a better look at your teeth, roots, and jawbone.
  • Dental Exam: The dentist will examine your teeth for signs of decay, wear, cracks, and other abnormalities.
  • Examination of Soft Tissues: The dentist will check for signs of gum disease, such as redness, swelling, or bleeding in your gums.
  • Oral Cancer Screening: The dentist will perform an oral cancer screening, which involves an examination of your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, and cheek.
  • Bite Analysis: The dentist will look at your bite, checking for signs of an overbite, jaw problems, or other abnormalities.
  • Treatment Plan: If the dentist diagnoses any problems, you will receive a treatment plan, and the dentist will go over your options with you.
  • Dental Cleaning: The hygienist will professionally clean your teeth to remove all plaque and tartar. 

What Other Preventive Care Options are Available at Complete Smiles?

Come to Complete Smiles for any preventive dental care service, including:

  • Teeth Cleaning: Professional cleanings get your teeth tartar-free for a brighter, healthier smile.
  • Complete Oral Exams: Our dental checkups are very thorough because we want to ensure you get the best dental care possible.
  • Oral Cancer Screening: Early detection of oral cancer is important because treating cancer in its early stages has a better success rate.
  • Pediatric Dentistry: Children of all ages are welcome at Complete Smiles.

Schedule Your Next Appointment Routine Dental Examination

Whether you are a new or a returning patient, we welcome you to schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Salt Lake City or West Jordan, Utah. The entire staff at Complete Smiles is trained to be professional, non-judgmental, and compassionate. Dental exams are a key aspect of gaining and maintaining dental health, so get started today by contacting us at your nearest location!