Dental Exam

Dental Exam
Even if you follow a precise home care routine, regular checkups with Dr. Andrew Sholudko of Silver Lake Dental Care in Silver Lake, Everett, Washington, are a priority for your dental and overall health. We check for early signs of decay, gum disease, oral cancer or other dental problems and make appropriate recommendations to help keep your mouth in top condition. Call or schedule your preventive dental care appointment online today.

Dental Exam Q & A

How often should I have a dental exam?

For most people, having a dental exam every six months is sufficient. If you have specific dental problems or periodontal disease, Dr. Sholudko may recommend that you come in every three months to review your situation.

What happens during my dental exam?

During a dental exam, one of our dentist hygienists will:

  • Evaluate the current state of your teeth
  • Take dental X-rays
  • Discuss your health history, asking about your past dental issues, allergies, medications, drug reactions, illnesses or diseases
  • Evaluate your risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease
  • Evaluate your need for tooth restoration or tooth replacement
  • Examine how well dentures or bridges fit and discuss if you need any adjustments
  • Check your bite and jaw for problems
  • Remove any stains or deposits on your teeth
  • Demonstrate proper cleaning techniques for your teeth or dentures

Health conditions such as medications, diabetes, dry mouth, and arthritis can affect your oral health. Feel free to talk to us about anything you may be experiencing. We can help you solve whatever issue you’re experiencing to ensure your continued health.  

What should I expect from a dental X-ray?

Dental X-rays give us detailed images of your mouth that we can’t see from a visual exam. They’re quick, easy, and painless. We may take various types of dental X-rays, including:

  • Bitewing. This type of X-ray lets us see the crowns of the upper and lower teeth. During a bitewing X-ray, you'll bite down on the X-ray film holder while the X-ray images are taken.
  • Periapical. This type of X-ray allows us to see the entire tooth and the surrounding bone.
  • Occlusal. This type of X-ray allows us to see the way your upper teeth and corresponding lower teeth fit together when you close your jaw.
  • Panoramic. This type of X-ray offers a broad view of your entire mouth.
  • Cone beam computerized tomography. This type of X-ray provides a 3D view so that we can better understand the spacing of your teeth.

Most people don’t have all these X-rays taken at once. Dr. Sholudko will let you know what he recommends at various times throughout your treatment. Radiation from dental X-rays is low, but please talk to us if you're concerned about radiation exposure.

Should I be concerned about an oral cancer exam?

Unless you have specific symptoms, this exam is a routine part of an oral exam. During the exam, Dr. Sholudko will feel the area under your jaw, the sides of your neck, and the insides of your lips and cheeks. He’ll also look at the sides of your tongue and the roof and floor of your mouth to see if anything looks out of the ordinary. As a regular part of a dental exam, this can help Dr. Sholudko assess your risk for oral cancer and address any issues right away.

Take care of your oral health today by contacting Dr. Sholudko by phone or online for a dental exam appointment.

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