Thorough and Efficient Dental Exams in Louisville, CO

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A dental exam allows the dentist to determine the health or presence of disease within your mouth. If a disease is found, it can be treated to restore your mouth to proper health and function. At The Dentist in Louisville, we take the time to get to know you during your dental exam while also letting you know more about our practice in Louisville, Colorado. Contact us to learn more about dental exams, why you need them, and why more people choose The Dentist in Louisville for their dental exam needs!

Why Do I Need a Dental Exam?

Dental exams are an absolute necessity because dental problems typically arise painlessly. Gum disease and tooth decay will not become painful until the problem is severe. When this occurs, treatment required to fix the problem is significant. The Dentist in Louisville would love to see you for routine examinations to determine if there are any small problems that would benefit from a small amount of treatment now in order to prevent a much larger issue later on. Whether you come in routinely for your exam and cleaning, or come in once the problem has become severe, an examination allows us to diagnose your issue and plan treatment that is appropriate for you.

How Often Should I Get a Dental Exam?

We complete comprehensive exams for every new patient. We complete periodic exams for patients who are returning for a dental cleaning. If you have not been to our office in a few years, we might need to complete another comprehensive exam, as your oral health is likely to have changed significantly since we last completed a comprehensive exam.

We recommend taking advantage of the number of exams covered by your insurance, which is usually two exams per year. However, we do not recommend that you only do things according to what insurance will cover. If you have a toothache, we recommend you come in for an exam so that the cause can be determined, even if insurance will not pay for the exam.

What Happens at a Routine Dental Exam?

During a dental exam, we inspect all of your mouths for any indications of disease or abnormality. We will look at your teeth for cavities and cracks, your gums to assess for presence of inflammation and gum disease, all of your soft tissues for potential pathology that has developed, and complete any necessary testing, including an oral cancer screening. If necessary, we will provide an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan.

If a patient comes in due to an emergency, the exam’s focus is likely to be much more narrow because we want to determine what is going on and provide treatment immediately whenever possible. 

How Long Does an Oral Exam Take?

A dental exam does not take very long. For a patient with a simple treatment plan, the exam would take only 5-10 minutes. For patients who have many problems that require diagnosis and complex treatment planning, the examination could take significantly longer. When this is the case, we will typically use your visit to gather information, including X-rays, intraoral photographs, and impressions. This allows the dentist to review your case without needing you to sit in the chair, waiting for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Then, about one week later, you return for a brief consultation visit. The dentist will review the diagnoses and propose a treatment plan. This minimizes the time spent in the chair, and it allows sufficient time to spend on complex treatment plans.

Who Knew Visiting The Dentist Could Be So Enjoyable?

Short answer: our patients. Come see for yourself today.

How Much Does an Oral Exam Cost?

The cost for exams has a range depending upon what type of exam is required. The cost without insurance coverage is somewhere between $70-130. However, insurance will often cover 100% of the cost for an exam!

Why Should I Choose The Dentist in Louisville for My Next Dental Exam?

We truly care about our patients, and we love to enjoy our time with them as much as possible! Our mission is to change the way dentistry is experienced, so we aim to make your appointments enjoyable and comfortable while instilling confidence that you are being treated well.