When it comes to your health, you should try to avoid dental issues by getting them diagnosed before they develop into larger conditions. These problems can be identified during an annual dental exam for yourself and your whole family. While the mouth is superficially examined in your bi-annual cleaning, an exam consists of a more thorough analysis. Dental examinations at Implant & General Dentistry assess your general and oral health by looking for signs of oral cancer, tooth decay, and other diseases. Family dentist Dr. Andrew Flipse will determine your need for procedures and look for problems with your bite and jaw. Digital images will also be used for a better view of the hidden problems in your teeth, gums, and jawbone. If you live near Murfreesboro, TN, make an appointment for an annual dental examination for yourself and your family at Implant & General Dentistry.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in the mouth, including the jawbone, lips, gums, throat, salivary glands, and tongue. Each dental exam at Implant & General Dentistry will include a screening for oral cancer to check for any symptoms, including inflammation, sores, lesions, and lumps. Dr. Flipse will also feel your throat and jaw for abnormal growths. Should any areas of concern be discovered, a biopsy can be done or you may need care from a specialist.
"I had a filling by another dentist that needed to be redone. Dr. Flipse and Ms. Donna repaired my tooth better than the original! In addition, Dr. Flipse's injections are completely painless!! I highly recommend their office to everyone!"- J.F. / Google / May 29, 2020
"My implant crowns are aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. Dr Flipse is a skilled dental surgeon with excellent chair-side manner. The staff is professional, attentive, efficient and friendly. Price was high, but I got what I paid for."- B.F. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
"Dr. Flipse went out of his way to take care of my dental emergency, which, in the grand scheme of things, wasn't an emergency to anyone but me. I wasn't in pain; I had lost my "flipper" which is like a retainer with a front tooth on it. It's a temporary tooth while I wait for my permanent implant. There was no way I would be going out in public without it. Dr. Flipse arranged for a new one to be made immediately, and my weekend was saved. Thanks, Dr. Flipse!!!!!!"- M.T. / Google / Dec 16, 2019
"Everyone here was so nice and polite and they want to know not only your dental health but how you are doing with your overall health and what’s going on in your life. This was my first time and I will definitely be going back!"- P.T. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
"Great staff! Awesome experience! Best dentistry ever! Most folks dread going to the dentist; however, the warm greeting I received from the receptionists, I felt like I was family! The dental hygienists and assistants were honest with me in a smooth, understanding way that made me feel wholesome! Dr. Flipse is a very professional and also jovial man, making light of every situation! I will definitely come back to this wonderful place! Thank you Dr. Flipse and staff!"- J.C. / Google / Jul 23, 2019
Best Candidates for Dental Exam
Murfreesboro, TN residents of every age should get an annual dental exam. Some of the most common problems, such as periodontal disease (the top reason for tooth loss), don’t have signs you can see. If problems are noticed early, the better your chances will be for a successful treatment with less invasive options.
The ADA (American Dental Association) suggests that all children visit a dentist before they turn one. Dr. Flipse can talk about common issues, including teething, baby bottle tooth decay, and the use of pacifiers. Our team at Implant & General Dentistry can help you understand ways to clean and care for your baby's oral health so they develop good habits early in life. Dental examinations are also important for older children as their teeth, gums, and jaw develop.
What To Expect
Your dental exam will begin with an initial assessment of your tongue, gums, teeth, roof of your mouth, inside your cheeks, throat, and other checkpoints. This includes checking for symptoms of oral cancer throughout your mouth. We may take x-rays and check for abnormal gum tissue as well. Dr. Flipse will evaluate your neck, head, and jaw, including the bite and temporomandibular joints (TMJ). He will then discuss his findings and your treatment options. Dr. Flipse will go over any other problems you may have, medications you are taking, and if they might affect your dental health by causing tooth decay or dry mouth. Lastly, he will check any restorations you have, such as dentures or bridges, to assess the wear and fit.
The follow-up period will be based on the results of your exam. If Dr. Flipse doesn't find any issues, then you can follow a regimen of dental health with flossing and brushing every day, plus yearly dental examinations and bi-annual cleanings at Implant & General Dentistry. If Dr. Flipse does find a concern that needs to be addressed, procedures can be reviewed and planned.
Since a dental exam is crucial to your oral health, it's typically covered by insurance. We can work with your dental insurance company to determine your coverage and any personal expenses. If you don't have insurance, Implant & General Dentistry takes several payments, including medical financing. Our practice is happy to work with you to help you afford good dental health.
Annual Dental Exams
Having a healthy mouth means you can't go to the dentist only when something is wrong. Preventive care is vital. This may save your teeth, plus a lot of money. We suggest seeing Dr. Flipse at Implant & General Dentistry every year for a dental exam. This can help you to minimize issues by catching and treating them in the early stages. We do our best to make dental exams a pleasant experience for you and your family so keeping up with your oral health is easier. Contact our team in Murfreesboro, TN to schedule your appointment.