Comprehensive Exams Specialist

Hillcrest Family Dentistry

Jas Bhattal, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Drayton, SC

Comprehensive exams can alert you to potentially serious oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. They also present an opportunity to ask questions, improve your oral hygiene, and build a relationship with your dentist. At Hillcrest Family Dentistry, general and cosmetic dentist Jas Bhattal, DDS, and the team offer comprehensive exams to people of all ages. To schedule an appointment at the Drayton, South Carolina, practice, book online or call the office today.

Comprehensive Exams Q&A

What are comprehensive exams?

Comprehensive exams are a preventive screening measure used to assess your oral health. Many problems that affect the teeth and gums don’t present symptoms early on. 

Routine checkups provide a quick and convenient way to diagnose issues, ensuring prompt and effective treatment.

What do comprehensive exams involve?

At Hillcrest Family Dentistry, the team tailors comprehensive exams to your needs. Depending on your age and dental health history, they might recommend:

Oral exam

A comprehensive exam begins with a review of your oral health. The team uses a small mirror to observe the condition of your teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks. If they detect any problems, like a cavity or gum disease, they can order additional tests or develop a treatment plan.

Oral X-rays

Hillcrest Family Dentistry has a computed tomography (CT) scanner on-site. The CT scanner allows the team to take highly detailed, three-dimensional X-rays of your tooth roots, jaw, and alveolar bone. The team uses these images to detect problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye. In addition, X-rays help guide implant placement and other types of oral surgery.

Oral cancer screening

During an oral cancer screening, your dentist uses gloved hands to assess any unusual bumps, lumps, or growths in your mouth. If they detect anything that looks abnormal, they can take a biopsy and send your sample to a lab for additional testing.

Dental sealants

If you or your child have a history of cavities, the team might recommend dental sealants. Sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied to your teeth. They limit the build-up of plaque and harmful bacteria, significantly lowering your risk of tooth decay.

Orthodontic recommendations

If the team discovers that you have crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth, they might recommend orthodontic treatment with Invisalign®. Straightening your teeth not only improves the appearance of your smile but can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and impaction.

How often should I schedule a comprehensive exam?

The team at Hillcrest Family Dentistry recommends scheduling a comprehensive exam at least twice a year. 

Because oral health problems don’t always present symptoms, you might be at risk and not realize it. Routine checkups can catch and address issues early on when they respond best to treatment.

To learn more about the benefits of comprehensive exams, request a consultation at Hillcrest Family Dentistry. Book an appointment online or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.