A routine preventative care appointment every 6 months is a vital part of good dental health and oral hygiene. For those with dental insurance, these visits are often covered 100% with no out-of-pocket expense. We accept all dental insurances and will gladly bill them as a courtesy to you.
The most important reason for coming in for a preventative check-up every 6 months is the early detection of oral health problems, which can prevent more expensive treatment later and possibly even save your life! Detected early, a cavity only requires a small filling and is a much less expensive problem to fix than more extensive tooth decay. If decay is left unchecked, a tooth may eventually require root canal treatment and placement of a crown in order to save the tooth.
Routine screening for oral cancer is also very important, as cancer survival rates are greatly increased when abnormal cells are detected early.
Typical Preventative Care Appointments Include:
- A thorough scaling and cleaning by one of our registered dental hygienists.
- 4 bitewing x-rays and a full mouth panoramic x-ray when appropriate.
An examination by Dr. Hanson or Dr. Arthur, which includes:
- Restorative exam
- Periodontal exam
- Cosmetic exam
- Oral cancer screening
- A treatment plan including procedure fees and estimated insurance reimbursement so you may evaluate your options and have an estimate of how much treatment will cost out-of-pocket.
- Education about good oral hygiene habits and dental care at home.