A Center For Family Dentistry

Dental Exams Can Help You Maintain a Healthy Smile for a Lifetime

Many dental issues, including gum disease, often go unnoticed. Attending regular dental exams allows Dr. Keith Kelley the opportunity to closely monitor your oral health and catch concerns in their earliest stages. During your dental exam, our team will evaluate your smile for signs of decay and damage, as well as oral cancer. We are proud to offer high-quality, personalized care to patients of all ages at our Troy, MI, office. We encourage you to schedule appointments for each member of your family every six months.    

The Importance of Regular Dental Exams 

Even if you practice thorough, routine brushing and flossing at home, professional dental exams are essential. Every patient has his or her own reasons for putting off a visit to the dentist. According to a study by the American Dental Association, most patients forego visits because they do not think they have the money or time, or need to see a dentist. Fortunately, we provide flexible financing options and accommodating office hours to serve the needs of all our patients.

Our office is also equipped with the latest technology to identify and accurately diagnose oral health issues, allowing us to intervene in a timely manner. This can help prevent conditions from escalating and save you money on extensive restorative treatments which may become necessary if your tooth is permanently compromised. 

Regular exams allow Dr. Kelley to provide effective preventive care as well as prompt treatment for any conditions that may threaten your oral health and overall well-being.

What to Expect During Your Exam

Man in dentist's chair pointing at x-raysDuring your dental exam, we will begin by taking x-rays. Because we use digital X-rays, you are exposed to much lower radiation levels. We can also show you detailed images of your bite during your appointment so you can make educated decisions about your treatment.

Dr. Kelley will then conduct a visual examination. He will check your teeth, measure the depth of gum pockets, and evaluate your soft tissue for lesions that can indicate oral cancer. Each dental exam is completed with a professional hygienic cleaning, also known as a dental prophylaxis. One of our hygienists will perform the gentle, yet effective cleaning. If Dr. Kelley identifies cavities, damage, or other issues during the exam, we can help you develop a treatment plan to restore your oral health. 

How Often Should You Schedule an Appointment? 

Most dentists agree that biannual visits are appropriate for the majority of patients and that you should schedule your child's first dental exam as soon as their first tooth erupts. However, if you have conditions or lifestyle factors that increase your risk of oral health complications, you should schedule more frequent dental exams. These factors include: 

Our team is dedicated to providing timely, personalized care to help you maintain a healthy smile. We can assess your unique needs in order to recommend the best examination schedule.

Why Choose Us?

We strive to provide a positive dental experience for patients of all ages with a variety of patient-focused amenities. With a comfort menu that includes free Wi-Fi, blankets, and freshly baked cookies, we strive to make you feel at home. Our mascot, Mr. Molar Bear, is also a favorite amongst our younger patients and provides reassuring support as they become more familiar with dental care.

Your Health Is Our Priority

If you are due for a dental exam, contact us online or call our office at (248) 828-3185. We are dedicated to helping you achieve a healthy smile you can feel proud of.

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