Your Affordable Family Dentistry Guide to Dental Exams

dca-blog-173-understanding-the-dental-exam

Your affordable family dentistry clinic holds the keys to your lifelong oral health. A routine dental exam is a starting point for assessing your dental health, determining your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and helping you to develop a good preventative maintenance plan. If you find dentists to be scary or intimidating, knowing exactly what happens during a typical exam may help. Here are a few details to help you understand what to expect.

Family Dental Facts: What to Expect During your Dental Exam

In addition to looking at your teeth and gums, your dentist will probably perform most or all of the following tasks:

  • Ask about your health problems and make a list of your current medications
  • Examine prosthetic devices such as dentures or bridges
  • Examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer
  • Make dental impressions of your teeth to aid in treatment
  • Perform an advanced periodontal exam
  • Discuss tooth replacement or advanced dental procedures if needed
  • Develop a treatment plan for any existing dental problems
  • Check your jaw for bite problems
  • Clean your teeth and remove stains
  • Demonstrate proper oral hygiene techniques
  • Discuss diet and lifestyle habits that may be affecting your oral health
  • Perform a variety of dental X-rays
  • Refer you to a specialist for advanced treatment if required
  • Recommend a follow-up visit

Affordable Family Dentistry can Save your Smile
With good hygiene and regular checkups at your family dental clinic, every generation of your family can enjoy confident, healthy smiles. To find dentists in your area, check online family dental listings, or contact your local dental health organizations or dental schools for more information.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Philadelphia, call Gentle Dental of Pennsylvania today at (215) 789-9675 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Philadelphia. With 11 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Pennsylvania, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Pennsylvania.

Our patients leave smiling!
Patient Reviews
Natalie did a great job as usual with no pain.
Edwin J.
Excellent service on an emergency appt....
Elizabeth R.
i had been up all night with this bad pain so i got up and went down to GentalDental no appt. I walked in explained my problem and was told i could […]
Richard W.
dental hygienist was great. i believe name is erin. put me at ease enough to get the job done..and that is not an easy thing to do...
Barbara P.
Everything was swift and organized. Was in and out and the staff was great.
Michael P.
great fast service and nice people.
Christopher K.
The office was clean and the staff was friendly and professional. The doctor was very caring and helpful.
Shauna M.
My experience here has been great! The staff is very professional & courteous.
Renae M.
They do great work very happy and I would recommend everyone to go there.
Elwood C.
Everyone is very nice!
Jeanette R.
nice and gentle
Joan D.
I like this practice and they are very good with chilren. I always have a good experience with my daughter.
Madelyn N.
Another great visit from the staff at Gentle Dental.
Albert M.
I never like going to the dentist until coming to Gentle Dental.. As I open the door Treat greeting from the ladies in the front windows.. Smiles […]
Jema G.
I was taken right away, treated professionally and curtiously. Donna is great!
Joann C.
Great appointment as always!
Lucy D.
My experience was great. Staff was great, no issue or problems. I actually look forward to my dental appointments.
Richard C.
Everyone is always so friendly and caring! To say the staff go above and beyond is an understatement!
Sarah W.
Very friendly and efficient staff.
Michael S.
Everyone there in the Springfield, PA practice takes the time to explain every procedure, every step, and all are very pleasant and make you feel […]
Nancy H.
excellent service!!!!
Antonia N.
Dr. Wendy and her assistant were amazing. I was very nervous about the procedure, and they made me feel comfortable and relaxed.
Allison F.
Very friendly, would definitely return.
Shikina M.
Thanks for your proffesionalism Dr In and the whole staff.
Robert C.
Great place and people
Angela H.
Thorough, accurate, enjoying their work. Calm and unhurried.
Jessica Y.
Very satisfied with overall experience ! Tooth looks great , would never know anything was done to it :)
Carol R.
The best dental care I've ever received.
Robert G.
i just recently started going here. its a GREAT place to go!!!!!!! they are all so nice. I recommend this place to friends and family . I Love my […]
Alexis P.
Short wait, courteous personnel, and speedy procedures. Both Hygienist and DD were very responsive to my concerns. It might help if the procedures […]
Livio A.
The whole staff was very professional and caring.
Alisha W.
Pleasant and knowledgeable staff. Only thing that is bad is that lot can sometimes be really filled with cars
William M.
Saw me immediately for dental emergency
James K.
I had a great visit. Everyone is so professional and my cleaning was great. I can't wait until my next visit!
Megan R.
Staff very friendly, good timing,no long waits
Mildred T.
Very pleasant atmosphere and people are very attentive. They make you feel very comfortable.
Nancy H.
The women in that office were amazing!! They are all professional and very friendly. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Marc H.
I found the office staff very nice and the dentist took his time with me and explained everything that I needed done
Frances B.
I had a question of an item Dr Finkleman had done to my mouth. I returned and he explained again and things are perfect.
Audrey R.
Great service. Very welcoming and warm people. I was scared to death. I hate the dentist and they made it not so scary.
Erica C.
Everything I went there for turned out fine.
Janet K.
Pleased with visit and great staff
Yvette C.
Staff was very friendly and they were able to save me time by fitting me in for a cleaning in addition to my x-rays on the same day. Dr. Minetola […]
Ronald H.
Staff is the BEST! I also love the fact that it's an all female staff.
Crystal S.
I think the girls were very friendly and easy to talk to. The dentist was super sweet and gentle. I didnt feel a thing well until the novacaine wore […]
Diana M.
I was very pleased with the service and treatment.
John H.
As always, a great experience! Going to the dentist is usually not described in so many words, but the staff at Gentle Dental Haverford make you feel […]
Melissa B.
Natalie at springfield office is great! thorough, gentle and caring.
Edwin J.
Excellent care, especially for an emergency visit.
Theresa M.
Very patient freindy environment, always ask you are you OK? while servicing your teeth:-)
Mildred T.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
    Get in touch:
    • Phone: (215) 789-9675