Now that summer is here, why not schedule your next checkup? We can take a look at your smile and find out if you need any treatment this summer, so you can start your warm weather fun with a bright and healthy smile. In today’s blog, your Astoria, NY, dentist discusses the benefits of a simple dental checkup visit.
The Dental Exam
During your preventive checkup visit, our team will take a close look at your smile with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. These technologies use a fraction of the radiation, and provide detailed images instantly chairside. Our team can walk you through the diagnostic process, and uncover any areas of concern that need treatment. For example, we will watch for tooth decay, infection, and gingivitis and gum disease. We also watch for warning signs of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). With the information obtained through your diagnosis, we can then plan treatment with precision, so you can start your journey to an improved smile!
Oral Cancer Screenings
Our team also screens for oral cancer during each of your checkup visits. Oral cancer has a high mortality rate, with half of those diagnosed succumb to the disease within five years. One major reason is the fact that the disease is rarely caught in the early stages. But with a screening every six months, the chances of an early diagnosis and a full recovery increase significantly. We examine your mouth, throat, neck, and lips for any possible signs of sores, lumps, rough patches, and lesions that could indicate oral cancer. If we find any issues, we will refer you to a specialist for a biopsy and to begin treatment. Yet another reason to attend your six-month checkup and cleansing visits with our team!
What Happens Next?
If we find any areas of conder, we will discuss possible treatment options and schedule a follow up visit for care. For example, we can treat tooth decay with a simple and lifelike filling, and dental crowns can address more advanced cases of decay or infections. We can discuss deep cleanings to manage gingivitis and the early stages of gum disease too. We also have oral appliances to treat concerns like TMJ disorder and bruxism, as well as sleep apnea.
If you have any questions about how we examine your smile, or if you would like to schedule a checkup visit, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy your best smile, one that is bright, beautiful, and full.
Talk To Your Astoria, NY Dentist About Preventive Treatments
If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong, then please call Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS at 718-728-8320.