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The importance of comprehensive dental examinations with an experienced dental team

Dr. Glenn A. MacFarlane is a dentist in the Red Bank, New Jersey area who helps patients achieve their oral health goals. Many of our patients are dealing with conditions that might be impacting their oral health, such as periodontal disease and tooth decay, and do not even know it! Additionally, ignoring these conditions can result in significant damage to the teeth, gums, and bone. With routine comprehensive dental examinations, patients in the community can maintain healthy smiles, catch problems early enough for successful intervention, and address issues with the help of a dental professional. Dental examinations are a type of preventative care that takes a proactive approach to oral health and wellness.

What happens during a dental examination?

A dental examination includes both an intraoral examination and an extraoral examination. That is on the inside and outer part of the mouth, such as the lips, where signs of oral cancer may exist. Additionally, dental x-rays are another way for the dentist to look beyond where the eyes can see. Potential problems may be found with these images, while they can also be used to prepare for specific procedures such as the placement of dental implants.

In addition to the comprehensive dental examination, patients who visit for a routine appointment will also have a thorough cleaning performed by our trained and skilled dental hygienists. The cleaning will remove plaque, tartar, and calculus from the surfaces of the teeth and gums and allow a professional to look for signs of problems. The dentist will also evaluate any previous restorations to ensure they are fully intact, including porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, dental bridges, and dental fillings.

How often should I see the dentist?

For routine evaluation and cleaning, patients should be seeing a dentist no less than twice a year as recommended by the American Dental Association.

Are you in need of a comprehensive dental examination?

Dr. Glenn A. MacFarlane and his team at The Center for Holistic Dental Medicine are here to help patients maintain healthy smiles for life! If you live in the area of Red Bank, New Jersey, and are past due for a full examination, it is time to call our practice at (732) 517-7785. We are conveniently located at 211 Broad Street, Suite #106, and accept new patients and their families.