Dental Exams

Schmitter Family Dental

Kristin Schmitter-Webster, DDS

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Brentwood, TN

Dental exams are an essential part of preventive oral health care, helping patients avoid a wide range of oral health concerns. At Schmitter Family Dental in Brentwood, Tennessee, the team provides thorough, patient-centered dental exams. Led by family dentist Kristin Schmitter-Webster, DDS, the practice specializes in high-quality, comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages. To schedule your next dental exam, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Dental Exams Q&A

What is a dental exam?

A dental exam is a routine evaluation used for the prevention and early detection of common oral health conditions. A dental exam helps Dr. Schmitter-Webster keep track of your oral health and allows you to voice any concerns you have about the function or appearance of your teeth and gums. 

With regular dental exams, you can avoid several issues, including cavities, gum disease, infections, and tooth loss. Schmitter Family Dental uses the latest technologies, including intraoral cameras, to ensure convenient, comprehensive dental exams. 

What is an intraoral camera?

An intraoral camera is an innovative tool that produces the most detailed view of your teeth and gums. The intraoral camera, which looks similar to a large pen with a camera attached, provides real-time visuals of your mouth. 

The intraoral camera makes it easier for Dr. Schmitter-Webster to detect any abnormalities and allows you to see the exact areas that may require additional treatment. Intraoral cameras are a much more effective alternative to dental mirrors. 

What happens during a dental exam?

Dental exams consist of two main parts:

Physical exam

During the physical exam, your provider at Schmitter Family Dental uses the intraoral camera to take a detailed look at your teeth and gums. They check for signs of tooth decay, gum inflammation, and other common issues. Intraoral cameras produce high-quality visuals, making early detection much easier.  

Depending on your needs, digital X-rays may be taken to evaluate your tooth structure and surrounding bone. If there are any issues with your teeth or gums, Dr. Schmitter-Webster discusses your options for treatment and restoring your oral health. 

Dental cleaning

A dental cleaning is a simple procedure used to prevent issues like cavities and periodontal disease. The first step of a dental cleaning is plaque and tartar removal. Plaque build-up and tartar can lead to tooth decay and eventually, tooth loss. A specialized instrument called a scaler is used to scrape and remove plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth and gumline. 

Next, a gritty toothpaste and high-powered toothbrush are used to clear away any remaining plaque and polish your teeth. The final step is a professional flossing and rinsing to get rid of any debris. In some cases, a fluoride treatment is applied to help protect the teeth against tooth decay. 

Regular dental exams are an easy way to maintain a healthy smile. To schedule a visit for you or a loved one, book an appointment at Schmitter Family Dental by phone or request one online today.